Isaiah 5:20 states: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.”
It’s one thing to teach our children to stand against popular culture’s libertine views of sex. But what if government legislation or court decisions have legalized or facilitated numerous forms of behavior contrary to God’s laws? Recently we’ve read about Christian business owners being mandated to provide employee “health insurance” that covers abortion/abortifacients. And a growing number of legislators and judges characterize God’s definition of marriage as “discrimination” or “bigotry” . . . and are reshaping public policy accordingly.
This brings up #9 of the top ten reasons to do sex ed at home:
Because you can help your children develop a clear Biblical understanding of & response to hot-button sexual issues in a coarsening culture.
In my lifetime many federal & state laws supporting Judeo-Christian cultural norms have been reversed. For example:
- In 1962, the Supreme Court ruled in Engel v. Vitale that it was unconstitutional for public schools to require students to recite a prayer.
- In 1972, the Supreme Court ruled in Baird v. Eisenstadt that all women in the U.S., even unmarried women, had the right to buy and use birth control.
- In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade & Doe v. Bolton that women in the U.S. had the right to an abortion up through all 9 months of pregnancy.
- In Lawrence v. Texas (2003) the Supreme Court struck down the anti-sodomy laws still on the books in 4 remaining states.
- In 2003, via its Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex “marriage.”
- In 2012 the Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court (DOMA was approved in 1996 by veto-proof majorities in both houses & signed by President Clinton). Now, two years later, this decision has been leveraged to increase the number of states performing same-sex “marriages” from just 6 to more than 30.
- In 2013 the FDA approved over-the-counter sales of “Plan B” (a.k.a. the “morning after” birth control pill) to minors as young as 15.
Many pastors feel ill-equipped to preach about these issues in the light of God’s Word . . . and even those who do, may do so only occasionally. Parents however are the daily guide in their children’s lives. They are uniquely able to read about, analyze & discuss current events/issues thoughtfully and consistently with their children. They can also learn together how to present the biblical perspective to others “…with gentleness & respect.” (1 Peter 3:15).
And what if people who try to uphold God’s laws find themselves penalized by authority figures? Again, parents are best able to exhort their children by word & by example to have courage to do what’s right when U.S. laws conflict with God’s laws . . . no matter what the cost. Scripture is filled with stories of role models such as the apostles when the high priest prohibited them from preaching about Christ:
We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching . . . Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:28-29)