How I celebrated V-Day with ‘anti-porn’ candy

When my friend invited me to give out candies in Rizal Park a few days before Valentine’s Day to promote chastity and true love, I had no idea what I was getting into. We handed out 4,000 packets of sweets that came with different pictures and anti-porn messages that talked about true love.

I didn’t lazily spend my Sunday morning in bed but together with volunteers from other pro-life groups, I braved the noon day sun to encourage people to say no to porn and yes to love – the best way to celebrate the Day of Hearts. It was indeed time well spent.

Packets of candy we distributed had messages on waiting for true love and finding the “right one.”

Here’s why porn is such an issue. According to shocking 2018 Pornhub stats, Filipinos spent the most time on this porn website last 2017 with an average of 13 minutes and 28 seconds. The global average is 9 minutes and 59 seconds. It’s alarming because pornography could lead to addiction and even worse, it draws you away from real love. This is specially true among young people who have access to millions, if not billions, of pornographic videos and images right at their fingertips.

Interestingly, it was the teenagers and young adults who were really struck by the messages. Examples of these inspiring messages:

  • “Pumili ng cutie na, disente pa”;
  • “Love wins if men respect women and vice versa”;
  • “Born to love and not porn to love”;
  • “Real men commit to real love”;
  • “Porn snub, hindi porn have”; etc.

I realized that Christian love is truly radical. Only a few people dare to speak up for its values. People have forgotten what true beauty and sanctity looks like; we should stand for it and live it out. If we are true to our faith, we cannot remain in sin and keep self-destructive habits like porn and sexual addiction. Real love is never selfish and merely pleasure-seeking, but it demands sacrifice, commitment, and selflessness.

We all made some instant friends that Sunday. So many young people are longing for true love!

I went home aware of how imperfect I am; I still strive to offer God a pure heart. This involves regular confession and keeping my eyes on God’s true love. Everyday, God gives us unlimited chances to start anew. With Jesus, it’s always the Day of Hearts.

For further materials on how to get rid of the habit of porn and live a chaste lifestyle, here are two real men who discovered real love in Christ:
Jason Evert: https://chastityproject.com/
Matt Fradd: http://theporneffect.com/

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