Many parents have surrendered the sexual education of children to public schools. Mothers and fathers must retake control.
Although it isn’t wrong, per se, for another party to present basic biological information, even that is better left to mom and dad. The Law of Moses required parents to teach God’s statutes to their children (Deuteronomy 6:7; 11:19), and the statutes of that time included sanitary rules relevant to puberty. A growing boy needed to know what to do after “an emission of semen” (Leviticus 15:16), “some occurrence in the night” (Deuteronomy 23:10). Likewise, a developing girl needed to know what to do when “the discharge from her body is blood” (Leviticus 15:19-24). From ancient times, parents were having these conversations with their young. While the Old Covenant has been done away with (Colossians 2:14), it remains true that children are better served by parents privately informing them of the upcoming changes to their bodies than to be taught the same by relative strangers in a room full of their immature peers. Because Scripture does address both menstruation and ejaculation, children should find solace in the normality of it all when they are taught by loving, God-fearing adults.
Left to secularists, modern children will be led to believe that gender identity is a choice one makes independent of biology. However, Jesus asserted that “He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female’” (Matthew 19:4). Anatomy is in the control of the Creator and cannot be realistically, permanently altered by the individual (Matthew 5:36). Even in the case of castration, the Lord acknowledges three causes, none of which augment natural gender identity (Matthew 19:12). Before the world influences them, parents must teach their boys how to be men and their girls how to be women, both in appearance (1st Corinthians 11:14-15) and in role (Colossians 3:18-19).
Without instruction from good parents, children are likely to be falsely indoctrinated concerning sexual orientation. Unbelievers would convince the impressionable that homosexuality, bisexuality, pansexuality, and whatever other sexuality they can imagine are as equally valid as heterosexuality. Inspiration, however, calls homosexual activity unlawful (1st Timothy 1:8-10), unnatural (Romans 1:26-27), and condemnable (1st Corinthians 6:9-11). Parents should raise their children with the expectation that marrying a member of the opposite sex is normal and healthy, and the only alternative is celibacy.
Sex educators in the public sector generally presume that teenagers will be sexually active. Instead of encouraging the divine virtue of self-restraint (Galatians 5:22-23), they will instruct them in supposedly “safe sex” habits and even provide them with condoms. By contrast, inspiration presents sex as an activity reserved for marriage (Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, mothers and fathers should impress upon their offspring the absolute need for chastity (1st Thessalonians 4:3-8). Rather than presuming that “they’re going to do it anyway”, parents who honor God tell their children to “flee sexual immorality” (1st Corinthians 6:18).
Parents who surrender the sex education of their young to those who have no regard for their spiritual well-being are either cowardly, lazy, or both. Yet, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2nd Timothy 1:7). Grownups who find it too awkward to discuss puberty and sexuality with their own children have a lot of growing up left to do.
By Bryan Matthew Dockens
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