Over 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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