I welcome today my first ever guest blogger: Mrs Ada Brownell. Welcome, Ada.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
By Ada Brownell
Adapted from Ada Brownell’s book, Imagine the Future You
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8.
A high school human sexuality teacher who is a Christian did this experiment for me in a class I taught at our church’s Dunamis Academy.
She gave paper and pencils to everyone. Before class, she marked an X on the back of one of the papers, but none of the kids knew it. She instructed students to shake hands with other teens and sign each other’s papers. They shook hands and gathered signatures for five minutes.
“Turn your papers over and see if there is an X on the back,” she told them. A girl raised her hand.
The teacher told her to stand up. “She has Virus X. Who signed her paper?”
Five hands went up, and those kids stood.
“Now these five have the virus. Who signed their papers?” Four more stood, also contaminated by the fictional “virus.”
Six more admitted their fate.
Eventually all remaining students were “infected.”
“This is how sexually transmitted diseases spread,” the teacher said. “When you have sex with someone, you are essentially going to bed with every person that individual had sex with, because once a sexually transmitted disease is shared, it is contagious until the disease is cured—if the disease has a cure. You might be intimate with only one person but be exposed to multiple diseases.”
Some STDs, such as herpes, cause severe misery and are incurable, but they don’t kill. But the HIV-AIDS virus isn’t the only one that kills. Both hepatitis B and C affect the liver and can take your life. Human papilloma virus (genital warts) sometimes causes cervical cancer. Chlamydia and gonorrhea, left untreated, can affect joints and heart valves and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and even blindness.
A story by Lawrence K. Altman published in the New York Times on March 12, 2008, said the first national study of four common sexually transmitted diseases among girls and young women found that one in four is infected with at least one of the diseases.
But the federal study could have pointed out three out of four do not have the disease. I imagine a large number of them were virgins.
When my husband and I were married, couples took blood tests to check for STDs. When a virgin discovered she was set to marry someone affected with a disease, there was time to call off the wedding. Of course, my husband and I had nothing to worry about, and the test came out negative.
I would guess in my day most of us were virgins, and I knew my beautiful white satin gown testified to that fact.
Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1849 reported, “Custom has decided, from the earliest ages, that white is the most fitting hue, whatever may be the material. It is an emblem of the purity and innocence of girlhood and the unsullied heart she now submits to the chosen one.”
Today, thousands of couples live together without marriage, and multitudes of young single women give birth to babies. In addition, more than fifty million babies have been killed by abortion in the United States since abortion became legal in 1973.
Some folks blame the lack of finances and waiting to earn a college education as the reason to delay marriage, but it doesn’t make sense. You can get a marriage license for a few bucks. A pastor will marry you for free, but it’s customary to pay him one hundred dollars or so. A couple can live cheaper than two single people, and you can get your education after marriage. I did.
But there is something else. Young women and men are giving away their virginity as they would drop a penny on the sidewalk and leave it there. Guys who already have a sexual relationship with a woman won’t hurry to get married. A woman who gives away her virginity before marriage risks never being married—especially to him!
With throwing away virginity goes the dream of walking down the church aisle in a white wedding gown or handsome tuxedo as a virgin, pure and unblemished. Maybe the bride will wear white, but it won’t mean anything—especially to the couple.
Isn’t it better to resist temptation and not only have a wondrous wedding night, but also preserve a trusting relationship built on following the Lord? When God said “Do not commit adultery,” He said it because He loves us and wants us to have a beautiful life here, as well as for eternity.
MEET ADA BROWNELL
Ada Brownell is the author of five books, about 300 stories and articles in Christian publications, and she spent a large chunk of her life as a reporter, mostly for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. She and her husband L.C., have five children, one of them in heaven, eight wonderful grandchildren.and two great-grandchildren.
Among her books: The Lady Fugitive, an historical romance released July 18, 2014, Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle. Imagine the Future You audiobook is available at www.Audible.com Free book with new Audible membership.
Amazon Ada Brownell author page: https://www.amazon.com/author/adabrownell
IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU
A motivational Bible study by Ada Brownell
If you continue to do or not do what you practice now, what kind of future do you imagine for yourself? The decisions we make ourselves affect our future more than those made for us. We have control of our attitudes, our work ethic, our sense of wonder, our faith to believe in God and for great things. It is up to us where we end up in life and eternity.
This Bible study will help you discover evidence for faith; how to look and be your best; who can help; interesting information about dating, love and marriage; choosing a career; how to deposit good things into your brain you can spend; and how to avoid hazards that jeopardize a successful life on earth and for eternity, all mingled with true stories that can make you smile.
Review: How I would have loved to sit at Mrs. Brownell’s knee when I was a teen. This wholesome book resounds with sage, Godly advice and could be picked up again and again as needs arise. Worthwhile for parents too. Much fodder for family discussion too!
Thanks for having the courage to speak to an extremely important topic, Ada! God bless you.