The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
G. K. Chesterton
Yesterday I saw the following link at Drudge
Outbreak of super STD difficult to contain…
It linked to the following Daily Mirror story titled thus:
which talks about a particularly nasty drug resistant version of Gonorrhoea
As the gonorrhoea bacterium can resist our most powerful antibiotics when used alone, two drugs, azithromycin and ceftriaxone, are used in combination.
However, resistance to azithromycin has developed and is spreading, and experts fear it’s only a matter of time before ceftriaxone fails too.
Now given these facts one might presume that both the Drudge headline and the Mirror one are absolutely correct.
Actually the outbreak of “super STD’s” is very easy to contain and the solution to avoiding said STD’s it just involves a solution different than that advised by the medical community
Dr Gwenda Hughes, the head of the sexually transmitted infections unit at Public Health England, said: “We cannot afford to be complacent. If strains emerge resistant to both azithromycin and ceftriaxone, treatment options would be limited as there is currently no new antibiotic available to treat the infection.”
She’s encouraging people to practise safe sex to minimise the risk of STIs.
You see the solution to keeping this disease from spreading is not to have sex with infected people.
That’s all it takes.
In fact there is an organization that has been suggesting such a thing for centuries:
233 The virtue of chastity comes under the cardinal virtue of temperance, which seeks to permeate the passions and appetites of the senses with reason.
2342 Self-mastery is a long and exacting work. One can never consider it acquired once and for all. It presupposes renewed effort at all stages of life.128 The effort required can be more intense in certain periods, such as when the personality is being formed during childhood and adolescence.
and has also pushed solutions that don’t involve abstinence from sex
2360 Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament.
2361 “Sexuality, by means of which man and woman give themselves to one another through the acts which are proper and exclusive to spouses, is not something simply biological, but concerns the innermost being of the human person as such. It is realized in a truly human way only if it is an integral part of the love by which a man and woman commit themselves totally to one another until death.”
So if you want to avoid this or any other sexually transmitted disease, if you and your spouse avoid premarital sex and then avoid sex with anyone other than your spouse you will not catch it.
If you want your kids to avoid it teach and encourage them to do the same.
And if we had the culture we did at the time of my birth, that would be the very first message that health professionals would be giving while still pursuing medical solutions for those who don’t follow this advice.
Alas, the need to discourage any remnants of the Christian Culture that once dominated England overrides any possible benefit to the population of arresting the spread of the superbug.
Closing thought, Does it never occur to people that the laws God has given us are not for his benefit but for ours?
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