Purity Beyond Culture

 

Purity-the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes.

Recently God had been speaking to me about how he wanted to restore the purity of those that it has just been greedily taken away from, but I questioned what that had to do with me or how I played a part in that. Here is how it started to make more sense to me, as people of God we are called to walk out in righteousness in all aspects of our lives. This has definitely been such a reoccurring topic for me the past few months. When you think of the words sex trafficking/slavery, purity is the furthest thing from your mind, but should it be, for me I’d say no.

So what does the bible have to say about purity?

Since the beginning purity has been a part of God’s plan. Take the Garden for instance both Adam and Eve were able to live as one without any shame or sin, but God gave them clear instructions warning them against what was forbidden and brought shame. Unfortunately many of us know how this all played out and how it resulted in the fall of man which brought sin into the world and because of this it was tainted. However that was not the end because God was not finished with them nor did he give up. Throughout the Old Testament and into the New Testament God set in place some rules and structure so that people could learn to live a life of ethical purity. This to me shows how God has been trying to bring restoration back to purity so people can have that freedom from all of the immorality in their lives and that the world brings which is constantly messing up relationships, families, etc.

So what does this mean for us?

I know that as Christians we are called to be an example to others and to be a part of the solution in God’s plan of restoration we must walk in the ways according to his word. We have to be willing to do the opposite of this world since it tells us that immorality is the norm and that truth is relative. Honestly for me I know that God wants to use the way I live out my purity as a light and true testament to those who have been exploited and those hurting that God does keep his promise to restore and give new life in Him. However for everyone as a whole it should be that when we even think of human trafficking the next thought in our minds should be what can be done to instill purity back into the people that have lost theirs. Hopefully it is to start with ourselves being the walking example, because they won’t really know what it is or how it should look if it is not shown to them and put in to practice by the people trying to help them. I know that this is not always the easiest, but it is something that I’ve been feeling that God wants for His people. So it is not something I wanted to beat people over the head with, but hopefully something thought provoking that I believe could change our day to day living and also benefit the outreach we do to others in ministry.

Reflection Questions:

What does purity mean to you personally?

How do you think God wants to use you in the solution to restore purity?