“Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains…be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth” (Proverbs 5:15-18).
A recent report contains troubling news: In New York City, the infection rates of some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are increasing.
According to NBCNewYork.com, some “sexually transmitted infections [have grown] at double-digit percentage rates over just a year… From 2015 to 2016, rates of syphilis have increased by 27 percent in New York City to nearly 2,000 cases, and rates of gonorrhea have risen by 13 percent to around 19,000 cases…” The available information indicates that gonorrhea and syphilis are mostly spread through homosexual activity between men.
In response to these disturbing trends, the New York City Health Department is increasing its educational efforts regarding STIs. The Department reportedly intends to provide information about STI testing on social media, on subways, and in bus shelters. Furthermore, the Department distributed more than 38 million free condoms in 2016, and its Sexual Health Clinics are distributing packages of “safe sex” items known as PlaySure Kits.
Comments made by public health officials underscore the moral bankruptcy that is fueling these sexual health issues. Dr. Susan Blank, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of STD Control, states that “‘[short] of abstinence—which is not realistic for many New Yorkers—condoms provide the best protection available for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.’” Since when is abstinence “not realistic for many New Yorkers?” Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Disease Control, adds: “‘“Playing sure” means using the prevention options that fit your lifestyle and pursuit of sexual satisfaction.’” Since when is “playing sure” the best we can do to limit the spread of STIs?
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms continues to stand on the Scripture, which instructs us to abstain from fornication before marriage and to remain faithful within marriage. Sadly, our culture has grown away from these teachings, which can save women and men from the physical and emotional suffering that results from promiscuity. Perhaps some nonbelievers see these teachings as man-made guidelines, or as rules made by an angry God who wishes to keep everyone from having a good time. The reality is that the God who created every person knows what is good and healthy for us far, far better than we do, and we would be wise to obey Him.