DON’T GIVE UP
BY. CANDACE MAXYMOWICH //
Whether it’s using a computer, watching TV, reading a
newspaper, talking on the phone, or listening to the radio – we
interact with media several times a day. Through media, you
can find out about important news, listen to your favourite
music, or watch your favourite TV show. There are also negative sides of the media that can be especially harmful to teens
and young adults. A study done by the RAND Corporation
shows that teens are twice as likely to have sex or engage in
sexual acts if they see similar sexual behaviour in the media.
There’s no question that we live in a culture that is saturated
with sexuality. From the media to technology to the grocery
store, we’re bombarded with sexualized imagery on a daily
basis. Many objects in the media that involve sex target teens.
Reality TV shows and teen dramas often portray the “cool
kids” as the ones who are having sex. A lot of what you see,
look at, read, and hear is going to tell you that it’s abnormal
or impossible to abstain from having sex. I personally believe
that the best way for a child to come into the world is being
born to two people who are married - that is, committed to
one another in the eyes of God.
When I put my name forward to run for public office a year
ago, I was vocal about my beliefs. Did I think that it would
attract national media attention? No. Yet, I soon found myself
being flooded with interviews by reporters. People on social
media chimed in as well. I read comments like: “she could eat
corn through a picket fence”, “you look like a horse kicked
you in the face”, “I kind of wish her mother would have
abstained”, “you’re disgusting”, “what a shameful human
being you are”, and “hey you ugly toad. When’s your next
live debate so I can show you that I don’t need to hide behind
a screen?” People were relentless. Amidst the unrelenting
comments I read that filled my social media feeds, I stumbled
across one website that showed a picture of me in a bathing
suit and in the comments section, men were posting sexually
explicit comments. Ouch!
During my campaign, I was also invited to speak at a
Christian school on the topic of abstinence. I shared
that staying abstinent is a choice you make every day.
Opening your soul to someone, letting them into your
spirit, thoughts, fears, future, hopes, dreams- that’s
being naked. No matter what others say or what’s portrayed in the media, don’t give up, give out, or lower
your standards for anybody. It’s not worth it. You see,
at some point, if you’re lucky, you realize if the person
you are with says he is in love with you, but won’t wait
for you, then that person is lying. Plain and simple!
You are a person worth waiting for.
Make a promise to God, and renew your commitment
daily. Decide where you’re going to draw the line, and
tell God that with His help, you are not going to cross
that line until marriage. Don’t commit to it unless you
mean it. The Bible says it’s a serious thing to make a
vow to God. Make a decision today to choose a life of