Is contemporary sex education -- in or out of the church -- good for children? Does it grow from the same seed as instruction in purity? Does it help children see themselves and others as God sees them?
Do you wonder:
These and other questions about human life have a simple but core answer:
We have been deceived
about our identity.
God created male and female in
His image. Although we have fallen from that perfect image, God still calls us to be holy.
"You shall be holy, for I am holy"
(1 Peter 1:16).
We struggle with our sinful human nature because we are the sons of Adam and daughters of Eve, but we are not bound to that human nature because of the washing and renewal of our Baptism (Titus 3:5-8).
In our Baptism, Jesus Christ restored our identity as "heirs" of eternal life. We are strengthened to "abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against [our] soul" (1 Peter 2:11).
Re-creation in Christ makes us God's adopted children who are invited to cry "Abba! Father!" (Romans 8:15).
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God asked Adam and Eve, "Who told you that
you were naked?"
This book asks,
"Who told us that we are sexual beings from birth?"
God tells us to abstain from sensuality and sexual immorality, but He does not tell us to abstain from being male or female.
Men are not men and women are not women because of their sexual urges or desires.
Too many of us scurry from Genesis 1:27 and skip straight to the one flesh union. But in doing so, we miss something very important about the essence of male and female.
We are called by God to live our lives in different but complementary ways as male and female. Redeemed in Christ we are set apart from the world, yet needed by the world as models of Biblical manhood an womanhood. A man is called to be the steward of creation and defender of life. A woman is called to be man's helper and ally but also to bear and nurture life. Together, these vocations bring order out of chaos for generations to come.
See to it that no one takes you captive
by philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition,
according to the elemental spirits
of the world, and not
according to Christ.
Christianity and sex education as we know it today are unequally-yoked because the founders of sex education did not see children as God sees them and had no respect for the complementary differences of male and female. Neither did they have a respect for natural, innate modesty nor parental authority. Those who developed sex education had little or no regard for the conception and birth of human life. In fact, great effort went into disconnecting sex and sexuality from marriage and procreation. All of this compromises the teaching of purity.
We do not want to malign or speak ill of those teaching
sex education or praising God's design of sexuality.
But on behalf of children, it is fair to ask:
Is how and what Christians teach distinctively different from the world?
God calls His people to be holy.
He wants parents to instruct children in purity...
and equips them for the task with all they need in His Word.
God wants parents with the help of the Church to educate children in
all knowledge -- not of sexuality -- but of salvation in Jesus Christ.
Our identity should be considered in light of our
creation, baptism and sanctification.
It is never too late to repent of our wrong choices
and, for the sake of generations, trust God's design
for relationships, marriage, family and society.
Our Father tenderly calls us from error
to new beginnings in Christ.