Sex Education: What’s the truth?
I was not surprised that a Google search on this subject of the efficacy of giving condoms to school children resulted in a host of articles that spun the research in favor of this practice about 15 to 1.
How could you argue with the facts? That was what most of these articles wanted to tell us. After all, condoms will prevent a certain percentage of pregnancies as well as the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). What the pro-spinners either glaze over or refuse to acknowledge are real problems with the “teens are going to have sex anyway, so let’s just give up and try to make their sexual activity safer” mentality. Many who are more circumspect in their approach to this problem point out that the increases in condom use have been accompanied by increases in teenage pregnancies and the spread of STD’s among this population.
It would be nice if this problem were as simple as some of the school officials and researchers would like it to be. There has always been a huge fly floating around in the ointment of sex education for children. It is the lack of moral fiber in the message that surrenders to what is incorrectly portrayed as the inevitability of teenage sex.
Are teenagers psychologically prepared for sexual activity?
Understanding that “how to engage in sexual activity” will introduce this concept to ever younger children (that has been the trend since this practice began) has consequences. Giving these children “how to” instructions without the corresponding teachings concerning the morality or lack thereof with regard to pre-marital sex is, at best, setting them up for a dysfunctional and premature introduction to what the Creator intended as a sacred blessing. And at worst, it can be compared to a not-so-subtle form of child abuse.
Our children are over-exposed and underprepared for sexual activity
The internet has changed the landscape for society. If offers potentially harmful and sexually explicit information 24-7, 365 days a year. The parental safeguards are too few and easily circumvented. Rather than encouraging parents to guard their children’s innocence, it seems that that system is rigged to rob them of what should be a carefree unencumbered and sexually innocent childhood. Parents today have to be vigilant in protecting their children from what the world, the flesh and the Devil have presented as “normal” childhood development in our increasingly secular and amoral society.
We already know that the younger a person is introduced to sexual activity, the more susceptible they become to having problems with this in later life. Research has long established that teens who watch movies or listen to music that glamorizes drinking, drug use or violence tend to engage in those behaviors themselves. A 2012 study shows that movies influence teens’ sexual attitudes and behaviors as well. The study, published in Psychological Science, found that the more teens were exposed to sexual content in movies, the earlier they started having sex and the likelier they were to have casual, unprotected sex.
In another study, boys who were exposed to sexually explicit media were three times more likely to engage in oral sex and intercourse two years after exposure than non-exposed boys. Young girls exposed to sexual content in the media were twice as likely to engage in oral sex and one and a half times more likely to have intercourse. Research also shows that teens who listened to music with degrading sexual references were more likely to have sex than those who had less exposure.
These are just a few of the problems along with high-risk sexual behaviors, sexual addiction and the confusing of love with sex that that have been associated with the aggressive teaching of sexual education in our public schools.
Moral relativity means everything is relatively moral
We need to be very careful to trace the roots of this serious problem back to the leaders who, by their own behavior, have created this sexually permissive society. Does anyone remember when the President of the United States claimed that oral sex was not really sex at all. What do you think happened to an entire generation of young people saw that example on the evening news? The leader of the free world took advantage of a young and impressionable government intern by committing adultery with her in the Oval office of the White House. This man continues to be wildly popular, and the party he is affiliated with is ready to make his allegedly long-suffering wife of this serial philanderer, Hilary Clinton, the next President.
The result of rejecting biblically-based morality and replacing it with moral relativity has helped to corrupt our youth. The “if it feels good, do it” and “if it really feels good, do it ad nauseam” is a prescription for addiction. When we do not treat our sexuality with the respect and depth of understanding that should be associated with it, we do ourselves and our loved ones a great disservice.
Yes, the use of condoms will reduce unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STD’s. Unfortunately, when given to minors, it will also increase the number of unwanted pregnancies and the spread of STD’s. All the pundits, pro and con, have to admit that condoms are not 100% effective against unwanted pregnancy and the spread of STD’s including HIV.
The only 100% effective practice that prevents these consequences is abstinence. Although this is an undisputed truth, the shot callers and moral relativists within our educational system go to great lengths to demonize this strategy. They give it little or no significance whatsoever as an aid to be used in conjunction with a multi-faceted approach to dealing with the serious problems of teenage pregnancy and the consequences that often end with the killing of those unwanted babies and/or a sometimes a lifelong battle with an incurable STD.
When trying to navigate the research, and there are lots of studies on this subject, remember this bit of wisdom.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death, Pro. 14:12, 16:25.
At CSI, we are convinced that God’s ways are not going to be reflected in the opinions of most men, unless they are born of God’s Spirit and are then guided by His Word. That is why we ask for your continued prayerful support. We cannot continue to confront the lies that ensnare and enslave our friends and families alone. With your help, we will continue to follow our God-given calling to reach the world with the truths of creation and the gospel of our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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