Monday, May 17, 2010

Monday's Muse - Regarding Virtue

As I ponder the topic of virtue I think of young women who do all they can to stay morally pure and ready for a sacred marriage covenant. One of my favorite authors is Sheri L. Dew. Here's some quotes from a talk she gave at the World Congress of Families V in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Aug. 10, 2009.

"No society can be stronger than the moral fiber of its people. There is power in virtue. Said Clare Boothe Luce: "There can be no public virtue without private morality….And there cannot be a good society unless the majority of individuals in it are at least trying to be good people….A nation that is traveling the low road is a nation that is self-destructing. It is doomed, sooner or later, to collapse from within."
She goes on to state this, "Virtue, especially moral virtue, builds strength of character. A lack of virtue damages one's moral compass until ultimately that person can't be trusted. Consider the adulterer. If someone can't be trusted to honor the most sacred promise they'll ever make, who and what will they honor? Benjamin Franklin said it well: "There was never yet a truly great man who was not at the same time truly virtuous."
 What got me thinking about all of this is a blog post and video regarding 7-8 year old girls at a dance competition. I won't post the video link as I don't want to add to the damage done in these little girls lives by thoughtless parents and dance instructors. I will say this though, that the outfits they wore were skimpy, tummy baring tops with spaghetti straps and low slung short shorts that showed their little fandangos. They had fishnet stockings on as well as heels and looked the part they were playing. These little girls were gyrating and bumping to a popular tune and making moves you might see a pole dancer use.
Sister Dew goes on to share this information,
"University of Chicago studies compiled in 2006 illuminate the problem. Premarital sex among men and women has increased. Adultery? Increased. Cohabitation without marriage? Increased. Number of sexual partners? Increased. Out-of-wedlock births? Increased. Sex among teenagers? Increased. Only one statistic decreased: the age at which youth are having sexual relations.7
C. S. Lewis was no doubt right when he called chastity "the most unpopular of the Christian virtues." Global violation of this virtue has become its own kind of pandemic such that anyone who dares advocate chastity risks being accused of intolerance and even fanaticism.
Yet history tells a different story. One civilization after another has caved in under the weight of its moral debauchery. A stable society is not likely to be destroyed unless it has weakened itself from within. Will and Ariel Durant, who spent four decades writing an eleven-volume history of civilization, concluded that "sex is like a river of fire that must be banked and cooled by a hundred restraints if it is not to consume in chaos both the individual and the group." Such controls are best provided by fidelity in marriage. Anything short of that undermines marriage, and there is something fundamentally sick about a society where marriage is treated as a throwaway item. "
There is so much in her talk that we would all do well to heed. Here's the link so you can read it in it's entirety.  The Power of Virtue
May we all look to our inward hearts and consider the virtue of our little children and the blessing of raising them to know true happiness.

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