Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. - Psalm 127:4
We now have a generation of young people who are not only being taught to rebel against their Creator, they are being indoctrinated in our nation’s public education system to redefine freedom as the ability to live any way they choose without consequences.
It is God’s plan that the honor of passing on the truth about life and how it begins should come from a child’s parents. Bad information or direction from a child’s friend, or inaccurate information taught in a “sex education” program, can be destructive.
Whether or not your own parents were proactive in teaching you about development and healthy relationships, it remains your God-given responsibility to guide and direct your child’s life. Deuteronomy 11:19 says, "Teach them to your children, talking about them as you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Take heart, parents! God would not give you a responsibility that He would not equip you for. Through Him, you are uniquely qualified as a parent to fill this role for your child.
If you are hesitant to talk openly with your child about reproductive anatomy and related bodily functions, recognize that the pause you are experiencing may just be overwhelming awe in recognizing how wonderful God’s design is. Through a husband and wife, as one flesh in the covenant of marriage, God brings new life into the world. There is certainly nothing shameful or wrong about the subject, but it is important to know how God addresses life, love, marriage and children in Scripture.
If you are still anxious, it is important to remember that you have provided context for explaining life to your child and how important he or she is to you and to God. You have shown your child, by your manner, dress and speech, the level of virtuous behavior you expect from them. The way you live out purity in your own life speaks volumes to your child. When the time comes, you should be the one to explain reproductive parts and the way they operate, but do not put off these discussions with your son or daughter. Starting these conversations early provides the best chance for your child to receive information in the proper Biblical context.
There is no age formula, and each child is different. Conversations about sex and development are not “one size fits all” conversations. Honor each of your children, recognizing that some may be further along than others in their emotional development. The biggest thing is that you are prepared for conversations when questions and opportunities arise.
Radical sex education attempts to change moral codes to match behavior rather than change behavior to fit a fixed moral code. At its core, the agenda of radical sex education promotes using graphic material and explicit language to teach highly sexualized content from kindergarten through high school.
Parents are the primary sex educators of their children. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Pray that God would equip you to be your child’s first, and most trusted, source for conversations surrounding sexual integrity and relationships.
Pray for parents to be engaged in the lives of their children. Pray for parents to rise up and be pro-active in joining school boards and other decision-making positions in an effort to protect children.
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