Shocking Examples of Sex-Education/Indoctrination

Gay teacherOver the last 50 years there has been a radical shift in the sexual morality of our nation. The sexual revolution of the 60s paved the way for the sex-education movement of the 70s that has continued to evolve until today. By 1989 23 states had passed mandates for sexuality education in public schools, and an additional 23 states strongly encouraged it. Now it is the norm in every state. Through Public Schools, Planned Parenthood, and their joint teaching endeavors, sex is taught to our children from an amoral posture (outside any scope of morality). I remember as a unbeliever when sex-ed came into my public high school. At the time I thought is was great being taught how to have sex without morality.

The essential ideas promoted are that each student needs to decide for themselves what type of sexuality is right for them and when to begin acting on it. The only restriction is that they do it “safely,” as instructed. They even get free condoms and birth control to help get started.

Contrary to cultural opinion, God didn’t put boundaries on sexuality to spoil it, but for us to experience the fullness of His design (in a committed, monogamous marriage). Our culture however, has evolved to the point where is no longer a connection between sex and marriage. Those ideas are irrelevant dinosaur’s from the past.

The “Anti Bullying” campaigns in Public Schools over the last couple of years has introduced the importance of not marginalizing or bullying students who have different sexual orientations. The down side has been introducing ideas that promote sexual confusion to young children. I recently heard an audio clip of a teacher speaking of transgender orientation telling students, “you shouldn’t bully others because you don’t fully know what your sexual orientation yet. Some of you may end up a different sex than what you are now.”

That’s Right, Teaching Kindergartners Sex Education

A couple of other shockers have come across my radar screen recently showing just how far our culture has abandoned God’s ways. In March of 2013 the Chicago Board of Education approved a proposed policy that requires that sexual education begin in kindergarten. It is the third largest public school district in the nation. “It is important that we provide students of all ages with accurate and appropriate information so they can make healthy choices in regards to their social interactions, behaviors and relationships,” asserted Barbara Byrd-Bennett, the CEO of the Chicago Public School System. “By implementing a new sexual health education policy, we will be helping them to build a foundation of knowledge that can guide them not just in the preadolescent and adolescent years, but throughout their lives.” That’s right, in Kindergarten! One young man from England told me recently that he began learning with sex-ed in Kindergarten as well.

Redefinition of Abstinence

A second issue has come to the surface that is equally shocking. President Obama’s Affordable Care Act includes the provision of $75 million annually to fund so-called comprehensive sex-education programs. Congress authorized the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP): the first federal funding stream for programs that teach about abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and STDs.

The program has given $20 million to a coalition of six Planned Parenthood affiliates in Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska. While the program claims that it teaches abstinence, it defines “abstinence” as avoiding activities that carry the risk of pregnancy or STDs. That means abstinence has been redefined to mean something completely different than the previous definition (a typical postmodern ploy).

Planned Parenthood partnering with schools will offer cash incentives to encourage students to attend. Many adults and parents have no idea when they hear the word “abstinence” that the definition has been changed. They may be happy to send their children to something that is going to encourage abstinence, but the problem is that it isn’t “abstaining from sexual activity” but, “avoiding activities that can cause pregnancy or STD’s.” Of course that means that as long as you use a condom, birth control, or engage in other sexual activities that don’t result in pregnancy, you are still abstaining. Talk about insanity!

Paul Rondeau of the Washington Times writes that Planned Parenthood says that “abstinence…means choosing not to do any sexual activity that carries a risk for pregnancy or STD/HIV, which is clearly stated in one of their sample lesson plans.”

One state has laid out the mission of the program in the following statement. The purpose of PREP is to carry out evidence-based programs designed to educate adolescents on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. PREP will work with individual school districts to create customized intervention and education programs addressing the prevention of teen pregnancy and STDs.  Remember that “abstinence ” here doesn’t mean refraining from sexual activity, but only doing it safely or doing types of activity that won’t result in pregnancy.

Christian parents need to realize that the connection of marriage to sexuality has vanished from public morality through things such as sex-ed programs in public institutions.   The psalmist speaks of such things that are designed to “throw us off track” Psalms 119:85 MSG The arrogant godless try to throw me off track, ignorant as they are of God and his ways. Our call is to educate our children in God’s ways, even if unpopular with the rest of culture. We long for the day when God’s better ways are shown through His people. Isaiah 2:3 BBE And the peoples will say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob: and he will give us knowledge of his ways, and we will be guided by his word; for out of Zion the law will go out, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

Here is a sample of one of the cartoons downloaded from Planned Parenthood web site in the mid 2000s that introduces safe sexual practices to children. Notice how traditional abstinence is seen as something evil and sinister.

Here is an address for a second video with excerpts from some of the other material from Planned Parenthood. BEWARE IT CONTAINS MATERIAL NO SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7XR9yH2ETk&feature=youtu.be

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Influencing Culture with God’s “Spirit of Adoption”

The Supreme Court has been hearing two landmark cases regarding same sex-marriage. Their results will affect our nation’s approach toward same-sex marriage. In conjunction with the cases many public figures and organizations have come out in favor of same-sex marriage. One of the organizations was the American Academy of Pediatrics, which represents 60,000 doctors.

Their stance went against previous research and indicated that new research (challenged by many as not being broad based, unbiased, or thorough) showed no direct correlation of negative effects on children raised in same-sex environments.

As I read their policy release, even though I don’t agree with their results, I discerned something positive in their motives. Policy statement co-author, Dr. Ellen Perrin, pointed out that the “AAP has long been an advocate for all children, and this updated policy reflects a natural progression in the academy’s support for families.” Co-author Dr. Benjamin Siegal said in the AAP news release that they were an “apolitical organization…on the other hand, we do feel very strongly about the best interests of children.” He also said that “If a child has two loving and capable parents who choose to create a permanent bond, it’s in the best interest of their children that legal institutions allow them to do so.”

Everyone has a moral compass and some are more susceptible to (philosophical) magnetic storms. The positive point from the moral compass of the AAP was the recognition of God’s creation design of children needing to be raised in a stable home produced by parents who are committed to their marriage and family.

This points to the cultural problem of the last 50 years, the breakdown of marriage and family. The no fault divorce laws and the sexual revolution of the 60s, the erasing of sexual boundaries in public school sex education, and now the redefinition of marriage have all contributed to the breakdown of the security God intended for marriage and family. The committed environments children were designed to be raised in have tended to vanish. In the wake, the dysfunction of family have produced many spiritual and natural orphans in the last couple of generations.

We discovered in the last census that for the first time in history the majority of children are now born in homes without the security of their biological mother and father together in a committed relationship. To be orphaned means to be missing the security of love that comes from biological mothers and fathers committed to their marriage and children. Wounds and dysfunction from improper parenting and family are growing in our nation
adoptionWhile it is a dark time for our culture it is a time of opportunity for God’s people to demonstrate God’s ways to a world that desperately needs it. Jesus made an interesting comment about His people in regard to the breakdown of family. Mark 10:29-30 NASB Jesus said… no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms. God has designed His church in such a way that what has been lost in natural family can be restored among His family.

Example from History

Our times are similar to the Roman Empire during the rise and spread of the early church. During that time there was a high infant mortality rate of around 50%. Families tended not to name a child until it was a week old because so many died during the first week. A father could hold the baby up in his arms and capriciously decide whether or not it was wanted. Of those who did live, particularly among poor families, if it was a girl, or son born with a disability, they would literally throw them out. Unwanted children were often drown or exposed in places, the garbage pile or dung heap, where they would die or could be found by other adults.

What often happened was that people would come along and take a child so they could become their slaves, used for prostitution, or used for the sexual gratifications of those who took them. Boys were not only turned into slaves but some were turned to the gladiator games where they were often killed for humans sport. You can only imagine the devaluing of life and rejection issues those who survived must have faced. They were in fact both spiritual and well as natural orphans.

As Jesus and His church came on the scene they began to change the whole culture’s perspective on the value of life/children, orphans, and family. He welcomed children and placed a high value on them (Mark 10:13-14). Jesus showed the heart of the Father who loves and longs to adopt people into His family. This was a revolutionary concept in the Roman Empire.

As the church spread, Christians would often take the discarded children and adopt them, why, because this is what God did for them. Their theology determined their activity. God’s saw to it that even Jesus was adopted by an earthly father, Joseph. The early church knew their Heavenly Father loved them and made provision for them to be adopted into His family through the commitment of Jesus.

The mentality of early Christians was that if God loved them so much that He committed to adopt them into His family, then they should adopt those without family into their family. That attitude was toward orphaned children as well as adults. It was the “Spirit of adoption” working through the church to an orphaned generation. It didn’t matter if it was orphans, slaves, or prostitutes, God valued all of them and wanted them in His family through Jesus. Romans 8:15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”

As the church spread, the family/adoption design of God’s house influenced the world. Psalms 68:5-6 NASB A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation. 6 God makes a home for the lonely. The early church influenced the whole world about the importance of life, children, and family. They knew the power God’s love referred to as “beloved” (to be fond of, to love dearly, desire relationship with, to welcome). They knew it and imitated it. Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

We stand in a similar time today as many children have grown up with an orphaned heart because of the breakdown of security that comes from committed family. May we shine like the early church did and influence our culture.

Here is a short video citing some of the historical examples of how Christianity influenced the idea of life, marriage, and family in Roman Society.

 

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“Failure is not an Option” – Decisions that Determine a Better Destiny

Failure is not an optionIf you watched the movie “Apollo 13” you remember the scene in which Gene Kranz (played by Ed Harris) the flight director during the Apollo 13 mission, made an often quoted statement, “We’ve never lost an American in space and we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option!  There is speculation as to whether or not the real Gene Kranz actually made that statement but it expresses an attitude the church needs to embrace.

In setting forth that perspective (at least in the movie) Kranz laid a path that all those working on the problem began to walk on.  He made a decision that they all were going to walk on a certain path and it changed their approach towards their problem.

Our decisions determine our destiny.  You are where you are today based on decisions you made, both good ones and bad ones.  One of the old “Frank and Ernest” comic strips shows two “bums” sitting along a wall and conversing. One says to the other, “Do you believe in fate?” The other replies, “Sure. I’d hate to think I turned out like this because of something I had control over!”

Choice is what makes us uniquely human. We are not machines that have no choice in how we react to situations, nor animals that are programmed by training or instinct.  If we live like animals, out of our own instinct and conditioning, we will end up messing up both our lives and others.

Hope in a Hopeless World

We live in an imperfect world that is disfigured by the pollution of sin.  The Bible shows us that one day Christ will return and the world will be purified to a perfect state, but until then we have to deal with the effects of sin revealed in the imperfections of people.  This causes various levels of pain, hurt, and confusion.  Others hurt us and we end up hurting others (both intentionally and unintentionally).

The Bible shows us that all of creation has elements of this confusion in it because of imperfection.  It causes them seek freedom from it.  Paul reveals that the yearning from freedom is really a looking for God’s liberating activity seen in the lives of His children.  They may not consciously realize this, but creation is really looking for a demonstration of God working His freedom from the polluting effects of sin.

Romans 8:19-21 CEV  In fact, all creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who his children are.  20  Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope  21  that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children.

Paul encourages us to live this way of life in Christ before people as we carry His life giving message.  Philippians 2:15 MSG  Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night.

If God’s people are going to live the kind of life that provides a demonstration of His freedom then there are clear decisions that we have to constantly make that lead us to walk on this path.   Like Gene Kranz we have to determine that we are going to live this way, “failure is not an option.”  Our decision define us and tend to determine destiny.  Here are some decisions that we must make regularly!

  • Decide that speaking the Gospel without demonstrating the Gospel is not enough.
  • Decide that staying the same is not an option.
  • Decide that gifting without character is ineffective.
  • Decide that singing songs without worshiping is shallow and having meetings without God showing up is pointless.
  • Decide that reading about the book of Acts without attempting to live the book of Acts is absurd.
  • Decide to pursue the demonstration of God’s power until we are the ones telling about it rather than just hearing about it.
  • Decide to value both pioneers and settlers – pioneers to expand our territory and settlers to build on those territories – but we are not squatters – people who take up space others have fought for without improving it.
  • Decide to live our faith in such a way that we are infectious instead of innocuous, contagious instead of quarantined, deadly instead of benign.
  • Decide to be radical lovers and outrageous givers.
  • Decide that we are more interested in following the cloud than entertaining a crowd.
  • Decide that worship without sacrifice isn’t real.
  • Decide that going to church without becoming the church is hypocrisy.
  • Decide that participating in church to “get something” is beneath His call to be joined with the church to become something.
  • Decide that clean stalls in the church will never be our goal.  We would rather clean up a mess as have no oxen in the house Proverbs 14:4.
  • Decide that being balanced is good but can also be over-rated.  Unrestrained passion engulfed in grace is better.
  • Decide that His house will be a place where risk is rewarded and failure is never feared.

God’s people need to represent Him well.  If we do the world will tend to want in on it.  Heaven wants to mark/seal every area of our lives.  The world  is waiting on the manifestation of the sons of God.  If God’s witness is weak in our lives then our message will be diluted and the world will only have other voices that they hear.  Those voices will only lead to the confusion they currently live in.

 

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Why the Change in Support of Same Sex Marriage

same sex marriageI hear many people echoing bewilderment on how quickly public opinion has been shifting in favor of same sex-marriage.  With the Supreme Court hearing two landmark cases that will affect the nation’s approach to same-sex marriage, celebrities, politicians, and new opinion polls are running to the spotlight to announce support.

In March 2013 an ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that 58% of Americans say it should be legal for same sex couples to wed.  This was up from 32% in a similar poll from 2004.  It is interesting to note the age breakdown in the research.  The poll found that 81% of those born after 1982 believed same-sex marriage was okay.

Pew research released a more extensive study in March 2013 that revealed similar findings among the age demographics.  For those born after 1980 support for same-sex marriage is 70%, and those born between 1965-1980 support it is up to 49%.

Three Ingredients that have contributed to the change

Why is there such a rise in support of same-sex marriage among the younger generations?  There may be many reasons but there is clearly a foundation that has been laid, comprised of three ingredients, that has provided firm footing for the approval same-sex marriage.

1. No Fault Divorce – In the early 60s states began to adapt no fault divorce laws.  Eventually it has become law in all states.  Because of this marriage is no longer seen as a sacred and binding institution. No fault divorce laws have made it become  “culturally acceptable” to divorce easily and often.  Sexual experience is no longer reserved for the context of marriage.  The foundation of covenant and security that marriage historically promoted has eroded into what we have today.  God’s design is that children are to be raised in the security of a mother and father walking in covenant.   The 2010 census revealed that for the first time in history the majority of children are being raised without that experience.

2. Postmodern Philosophy Around the late 60s and early 70s a philosophy began to infiltrate public education called Postmodernism.  Anyone with a public educational experience (both secondary and college) will be steeped in this philosophy and often not even know it.

There are two main tenants of postmodern philosophy that affect us.  First, there is no such thing as a grand meta-narrative over mankind.  In other words there are no overarching stories or explanations that give meaning to life.  There is no universal purpose or truth.  Truth is culturally determined.   People are guided by the truth they were raised in, and no truth is better than any other.  In other words what is right for you is right for you, and what is right for me is right for me.  Any belief that one truth is better than another is “intolerance” and that has become the major sin in our culture.sex-education

3. Amoral Sex Education The sexual revolution of the 60s affected both culture and public education.   Sex education became an important area of study.  I remember the 70s when sex education came into our public high school. I was excited (as an unbeliever) to hear what the sex-ed class was about. My friends and I quickly discerned that it was designed to introduce safe sexual practices that had no traditional moral restraints (such as marriage).  We thought it was cool that they were going to teach us how to have sex without the necessity of getting married.

By 1989, 23 states had passed mandates for sexuality education, and an additional 23 states strongly encouraged it.  Now it is the norm in every state.  Sex education has become about presenting sexual expression from an amoral posture (outside any scope of morality).  Of course prayer was removed a long time ago so we no longer have to worry about religion coming in and messing up our sex lives.

The essential ideas promoted in sex-ed classes are that each student needs to decide for themselves what type of sexuality is right for them, and when to begin acting on it.  The only restriction is that they do it “safely,”  as instructed, and they even get free condoms to help get started.  Any adult with common sense knows how a child in the middle of raging adolescent hormones will respond, and statistics have proven it out.

All three of these ingredients have gone into an educational soup that children have been feeding on for the last 30-40 years.  Those born after 1980 have grown up on this diet.  Sexuality has no overriding morals.  Marriage between a man and woman is no longer relevant.  You are no longer bound by it.  Any moral standards that try to restrict sexual expression to marriage between man and woman are absent on many people’s radar screen.

Christian parents and youth groups can and should have talks with their children about sexuality but they are facing increasing challenges.  Those same children are spending approximately 8 hours a day in contexts that reinforce amoral sexuality (classes, literature, and peer interactions).  The target ages are getting younger and younger.  In March 2013 the Chicago board of education approved a proposed policy to begin sex education in kindergarten, wow now we get it as we learn to read and write. Sex education and anti bullying campaigns already teaches that homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgender sexuality are valid lifestyles.  Should we be shocked at the recent polls that favor same sex marriage?  Hopefully so, to the point that leads to action, and that action should begin with the education of our children.

 

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