So much for “her body, her choice”, it seems.
You can guess what happened. The Twitter peanut gallery lost no time attacking her with all the usual talk – how her decision wasn’t “healthy”, how she was affirming harmful patriarchal constructs, bad role model, quit flaunting your faith in everyone’s face, etc.
Man alive. Is it just me, or has the left gotten just as preachy as the right in the last decade?
Some might be tempted to say that these keyboard warriors are basically the Westboro of the left and don’t truly represent their attitudes.
But I can testify that Yvonne is not experiencing an isolated incident.
In the military, one cannot serve for long without finding themselves in one of those “everybody share their sexual exploits” conversations. Eventually, in each of my postings, it came out that I was a waiting Christian. I’d get mocked. Passive-aggressively, at times, depending on whether they liked me, but still mocked. “Doesn’t know how the world works.” On more than one occasion, I got labeled gay – despite the military’s “don’t-ask-don’t-tell” policy.
I’ve since mentored teenagers who get the same label in high school if they don’t date around.
How just like Satan to try stealing the joy of our obedience.
I hasten to mention that mockery does not constitute the worst persecution known to man. There’s something in reminding each other simply to keep a thick skin. Mockery shouldn’t catch us off guard if we know our Savior’s warnings.
But I know it still bugs Christian singles. It stinks watching dates up and politely leave when the time comes to share about your purity choice. It stinks spending Friday nights fending off Luciferian potshots like “virginity is easy when nobody wants you anyway”. It stinks outliving the enthusiasm of those True Love Waits rallies and being left in your thirties trying not to wonder if you’re really just missing out on the party.
And then society piles on by…
…well, fulfilling Jesus’ prediction that they would hate us.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12)
We are blessed and already rewarded – whether we marry in this life or not. Imagine that. There is something already waiting in heaven with our names on it, given for our decision to honor God with our bodies.
That is such an encouraging thought.
Let people quack about the supposed medical detriments to virginity. There are those who have suffered far worse for the Gospel. The world may put you in stocks for your choices, but your stock in heaven is only going up.
I salute Yvonne for her example in letting her faith consume her life.
Blessed are you who weird out your dates for the Name.
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