Raising Good Kids in an X-Rated World
Are we providing our children with a secure environment? What is coming in through TV and the Internet? What messages or ideas being sent through music and movies? What attitudes shape the atmosphere in your home?
Who could imagine a culture where the sexual exploitation of minors was venerated? Society nowadays is imagining such a culture. These people are not coming from ark alley ways or hiding out in the seedy under belly of the culture. They speak and write under the authority of degrees earned. Indeed moral bankruptcy creates the most wicked and deadly ghetto.
Flirting with Disaster
Although HIV and AIDS soak up the headlines, a malignant family of sexually transmitted diseases is quietly destroying lives. Nearly one in four sexually active teens is living with sexually transmitted disease (STD). Although teenagers make up just 10 percent of the population, they acquire between 20 to 25 percent of all STDs. When a teenager chooses to give up his or her virginity, their first encounter with a sexually active partner carries a terrible high chance of infection. The chances of infection are around one in four, but if you are infected you are 100 percent infected.
Destroying the Human Being
Sex outside marriage exacts a horrible cost on 100 percent of those who participated. A man and a woman become one flesh. Sex outside marriage is the tearing asunder of the human being. We need look no further than the divorce court to see the results of “one flesh” torn asunder That loss is measured in broken vows, broken children, broken hearts, broken finances, broken testimonies, broken dream, and broken friendships.
A culture driven by a selfish pursuit of pleasure is a culture littered with lives torn apart. Parents face the absolute responsibility to prepare their children for a good life in a sex-soaked world. It is the supreme duty of every parent. If we are derelict in this duty, we have sent our children out to play hopscotch in a minefield.
This moral war zone demands vigilance of all who are called to guard the gates at home. No parent is exempted. Are you standing guard in a state of ignorance? If you don’t know what your children are watching or reading, your first assignment is obvious. Even if your internet access is filtered, you need to know what tracks your children are making in the virtual universe. Don’t take anything for granted.
Parents must recognize that their attitudes toward sex re usually known before the child asks his or her first halting question. If a child lives in an environment where the subject of sex is shrouded in embarrassment or secrecy, a parent should not be surprised when that child look somewhere for sexual information. Homes must present an environment in which sexuality can be addressed in a positive light.
Parents must be the number one source of inspiration, imitation, and information, especially sexual information.
A generation is at risk. As we walk through a valley of both dark and deadly, parents must lead.