U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones is going for the Olympic Gold but says that keeping her commitment to remain a virgin is harder than training for the Olympics!
Although her Christian faith is one of her reasons for remaining a virgin until marriage, there are other compelling reasons too. She had a very tough childhood, including periods of homelessness with her mother and family of six, while her father was in and out of jail. Lolo says, "My mom was with my dad 20 years, never got married, and they're not together anymore. So I just want to have that solid bond."
Lolo is not only dealing with the challenges of remaining true to her commitments, she also had surgery in 2011 to correct a tethered spine, just one year out from the Olympics. But Lolo stays focused and committed in all aspects of her life and laughs at the guys who tell her that she'd run faster if she had sex!
NFL QUARTERBACK TIM TEBOW
Everyone has now seen or heard about Tim Tebow's Christianity and commitment to remain a virgin until marriage. Although these are his personal choices, some people can't seem to leave him alone and respect his convictions. In fact, one dating service has offered a $1 million dollar reward to any girl "scoring with Tim Tebow."
Tim Tebow has been the subject of many jokes on late night television and everywhere else, but he remains true to his Christian beliefs and his choice of abstinence. He remains focused on positive things, especially his charity. "I haven't changed. I just want to be a great role model... and with attention you can do a lot of positive things," Tebow says. "And our goal here is to change the lives of thousands of kids."
JONAS BROTHERS - JOE, KEVIN AND NICK
The hugely popular Jonas Brothers show off their purity rings with pride. They symbolize as Joe puts it, "promises to ourselves and to God that we'll stay pure till marriage."
Joe is 18 and his ring is silver with a cross. "It actually ripped apart a little bit, just on the bottom; but I didn't want to get a new one because this one means so much to me," he says.
Nick who is 15 says, "I got mine made at Disney World. Its pretty awesome."
Older brother Kevin, who is 20, got his punk rock studded ring at Tiffany's. "Its pretty rock and roll," he says, and "Its getting banged up a little bit because of the guitar."
OLYMPIC ARCHER JENNIFER NICHOLS
Olympic archer Jennifer Nichols says, "I saved my first kiss for the man I was going to marry." Jennifer says she made the commitment to be a virgin until marriage when she was 13 years old. She's now 28 and will marry her fiancÚ Chris Hardy soon after the Olympic games.
Jennifer is a devout Christian and keeps a tiny book of Bible verses in her quiver. She's had her share of setbacks in competition, finishing a disappointing 24th in the 2008 Olympic Games. She remains undaunted, however, in all her convictions and commented, "I take comfort in knowing that I'm here because the Lord brought me here... I'm excited to be able to offer whatever I can to be able to glorify the Lord in what I do."
American Idol Winner Jordin Sparks
American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, is a virgin; and she's proud of it! Many fans noticed the plain band on her finger during her rise to fame on American Idol. It looked a lot like a wedding band. Jordin stated:
This isn't a wedding ring, and there's no boy anywhere.
Jordin explained that the ring she has worn since she was 13 is her "purity ring." It's inscribed with the words True Love Waits, and it represents her vow to remain chaste. Jordin says:
I haven't been in love yet. I am saving myself for marriage.
Jordin won the hearts of millions with her beautiful voice, hard work, and charm. She's proud of the choices she's made and has an amazing life before her.
Highly motivated to have sex with only one lifelong partner, Lisa kept sex out of her dating relationships until she married her husband, advertising executive Michael Stern.
NBA Iron Man A.C. Green
In 2002 one of the NBA's most eligible bachelors, A.C. Green married his beautiful wife, Veronique; and he entered his marriage as a virgin.
But he wasn't always the strong celebrity basketball star holding the NBA Iron Man title. A.C. admits that back in high school he was trying to be something he wasn't. He states:
I felt like an outcast because I wasn't doing everything my friends were. Sports
became a way for me to fit in and be popular. I perpetrated an image of a guy
who was sleeping around with girls when I really wasn't.
Back in those high school days he was feeling the peer pressure in the locker room to talk about his "wins" with the girls as well as on the court. He wanted to portray himself as a "man's man," and sexual activity seemed to him then to be part of the persona. But none of his stories were true.
It wasn't until college, through the help of his pastor, that he was able to build a closer relationship with God and become the man he really wanted to be. But it wasn't easy, as A.C. recalls:
I made a decision. I resolved not to be with a woman until I married. My
convictions were obvious when I joined the Lakers but not proven, so a few
players taunted, teased, and tried me to see if I'd hold up to my standards.
"Hey, wait 'til you see what's waiting for you," they said. "How much do
you want to bet that A.C. can't stay away from so-and-so?" one said. "I'll
bet twenty dollars he can't," said another. Still another piped up with,
"Count me in for a hundred dollars."
"You won't last two months in the NBA," one of the guys told me. Some
even threatened to set me up with women they knew. "Let's see how strong
you really are," they said. Eventually they got tired of the game and started
believing in me.
Now when A.C. speaks to teens he says:
I was a virgin by choice, and I held that decision with honor and respect...
Remember - manhood is not defined by how many girls you can get pregnant.
Extreme Snowboarder Dave Downing
Named one of the top twenty snowboarders in the world, Dave Downing has boarded down some of the steepest mountains in the world and makes big bucks in the process. "It's close to flying," he says. But Dave goes deeper than that. He says life is not just about money and competition. It's also about joy and appreciating the beauty that God created in nature and in human life. Dave comments:
I want people to know that you don't have to be a derelict to be a cool
snowboarder? You can have values and be a Christian and still be looked
up to? There's so much influence from people who want to party or get
into stuff. I don't want to party. I don't want to go to some strip club.
When it comes to snowboarding, Dave advises other boarders:
Just have a good time and be yourself. I think a lot of kids are trying to be
someone else - somebody they see in a magazine or on MTV. They're not
asking themselves, "Who am I?" I think that's where you've got to start.
Dave also has strong feelings about sex before marriage. Speaking from experience, he says he's learned about regrets the hard way and he wishes he had saved sex as a gift to be shared after marriage.
But he also believes in second chances. He changed his life and made a commitment to save sex for marriage. That's why he and Shannon Dunn, another world-class snowboarder who is now his wife, lived a commitment to purity during the years they dated each other.