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I didn’t watch the MTV whatever-awards the other night; I haven’t watched MTV for years, ever since the “M” started to refer more accurately to “miscellaneous” than “music”…  however, I’ve been delighted to catch some internet buzz re: Jordin Sparks‘ brief but pointed public defense of chastity and purity/promise rings as an outward symbol of the decision to wait to have sex within the bonds of marriage; as reported by People.com: “I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring,” Sparks, 18, told the crowd, off-the-cuff, “because not everybody – guy or girl – wants to be a slut.”  I was equally pleased to note that her statements “were met by an audible cheer from the crowd.”

it truly angers me that celebs like Russell Brand (whoever he is – I’ll readily admit I’ve no clue why he’s famous to other people, since obviously I never heard of him before now) can so glibly jeer at chastity, sexual purity, virginity, and virtue, and make flip remarks by way of mock apology to the effect of “Promise rings, I’m well up for it. [But] a bit of sex, it never hurt anybody.” and yet I suppose this overt disdain for that which the Lord has deemed sacred (Mark 10:6-9) is hardly surprising, seeing as how the Apostle Paul prophesied of our day: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be…unholy…despisers of those that are good…lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (2 Tim 3:1-4).

from personal experience, I can in sad fact say that sex outside the bonds of marriage — even w/a long-term partner — is an extremely destructive power, the opposite side of the same coin where sex within marriage is an incredibly beautiful experience.  I fully intend to teach my children to wait to have sex until they’re married, not “just” b/c we’re LDS (Latter-Day Saint, aka Mormon) and our doctrine teaches strict obedience to laws of chastity (pick any of several verses in the New Testament — 1 Thes 4:3; 1 Cor 7:2; Rom 1:29; Jude 4:7; etc.), but b/c I don’t want my children to have to live w/the same grief, the same regrets, the same burdens that I bear b/c I’ve previously transgressed those laws… what kind of parent would I be if I cared less about protecting my children from spiritual and emotional harm than I do about keeping them safe from physical injury?