by John-Henry Westen -
As young people across North America head back to school next week parents need to attend to more than just making sure the back-to-school clothes and utensils are in place. There is an unprecedented attack on morals coming from the school.
Particularly in the area of sexuality, so-called public morality has moved outside of the realm of life-and-family-affirming principles to such an extent that a veritable anti-morality is being fed to our children. And this year there is a concerted effort to restrict parents from countering the efforts of the school to promote this anti-morality.
Both in California and Ontario pro-homosexual curricula are to be introduced into public schools forbidding parents from opting their children out from such instruction. Even where parent opt-outs are permitted, however, some schools have resorted to instructing students to keep secret from their parents sexuality discussions held in the school.
My fellow parents, are you ready to take on the battle to save your children from the anti-morality tidal wave that is coming? There are myriad suggested coping mechanisms - from homeschooling, to private schooling to becoming very involved in ensuring proper education at school.
However, one thing we all need to do – at the appropriate age for our children – is give them proper education on human sexuality. Even though research shows that nearly all parents want to be the primary sex educators for their children, there are precious few who engage in the teaching.
The moral message is a simple one that has truth and love as its foundation. Explaining it even to pre-teens is less difficult then some suspect. And from the basis of the simplest explanation, more detail can be added at appropriate age levels.
Here are some suggested thoughts to convey:
Explain that God made us, made our bodies and designed us so that a husband and wife would come together in a special embrace called ‘sex’ which God uses to bless us with children. That embrace God designed only for inside marriage of a man and a woman. He does not restrict it to be mean, but only so that we will be healthy and happy and ultimately with Him in heaven forever.
Some people decide to use that special embrace outside of marriage and it ends up hurting them. Diseases (STDs) come to the body when the embrace is misused like that, and sadness (emotional trauma) too. Sometimes when children are born from these embraces their moms or dads are missing since they were not married.
Diseases come to the body too when two men try to make that special embrace. It is harmful to their bodies, to their emotions and also to their souls. And because we love everyone, we will tell them lovingly and kindly that this embrace outside of marriage or else man-to-man or woman-to-woman is harmful for the body and soul.
Sometimes people don’t like to be told what they are doing is wrong though. Just like when Mom tells you, you can’t play by the side of the cliff, she’s not saying that to be unkind – or so you won’t have fun. Even though you may want to play there, she knows it is dangerous and tells you to come away because she loves you.
In just the same way we say that sex outside of marriage, or between two men or two women is wrong. Because we love all people we tell them that embrace outside of the way God our creator intended it is harmful for their bodies and souls.