Purity is Like Snow | Christianese Defined
Whether it’s a “purity ring” or a “purity talk (aka sermon)” or countless books on the subject of “purity”, Christians talk about purity a lot. What are they referring to when they talk about purity and why does it matter so much to them?Purity is like snow. When it is gently falling and resting softly on the ground we are overcome by the beauty of it all. As we consider that no two snowflakes are alike, the complexity of the seemingly simple event we are beholding boggles our minds. Everything just seems so peaceful, white, quiet and...well, pure. Then life sets in and we realize what an inconvenience it is. We brush it off our cars and shovel it out of our way so we can get where we need to go. What was once white becomes brown and dirty. What was once peaceful is now stressful. What was once complex is now hazardous. We get cold. Beauty turns into a sloppy mess.I think Christians, and people in general, long to be pure: in our sexuality, in our worship, in our decisions, in our lives…yet the realities of life make it terribly inconvenient. We recognize the beauty, but the goal seems insurmountable and we question its benefits. We try to will ourselves to be pure (which is, I think, the motivation behind the rings, talks and books) but we inevitably fall short.The reason why purity is such a big deal to Christians is that it is required for salvation! We can’t stand before a holy God and experience a perfect, personal relationship with Him without being pure. In order for us to be acceptable to God we must be pure.We can’t be pure. No matter how hard we try. Life confronts us with the harsh reality that absolute purity is unattainable. So if God requires it and we can’t do it, what do we do?“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” Isaiah 1:18Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladnesslet the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins,and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God,and renew a right spirit within mePsalm 51:7-10See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure. I John 3:1-3For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21Through faith in Christ we are made pure. Our scarlet sins become white as snow in Christ. When we finally realize we can’t save ourselves and instead place our trust in Jesus to save us, we are washed of our impurities and stand clean and undefiled before “the judgement seat of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:10). What follows is a healthy desire to heed God’s many commands to be pure (Matt. 5:8; 2 Cor. 2:1-3; Philippians 1:10, 4:8; 1 Tim. 5:22; 2 Tim. 2:22; James 1:27, 3:17; I Peter; etc.) not for the sake of achieving purity, but as a thankful response to the purity we already have received in Christ and to glorify Him in this world.So the next time you hear a Christian talking about purity, remember their hope isn’t in their own ability to more pure than the next guy, but in Jesus Christ’s perfect purity on their behalf. Do you ever feel impure?What will you do with Jesus’ free offer to wash you clean and make you whiter than snow?