The children God has brought under your care
Over the last few months Americans have been reminded anew of the tragedy associated with sexual immorality and children. Having lived overseas for some years, one of my reactions is to see things like the Penn States affair as a symptom of sickness in our American society. However, this weekend I was reminded that the problem with sexual sin is worldwide when the Attorney General in Chile announced a government investigation into the possible sexual abuse of children in 61 public schools, many of them in wealthy Santiago neighborhoods http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18940496 . EGM was founded with a passion to connect the Word of God with the real life of children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Unfortunately, the perversion of God’s intent for human sexuality can be one of those realities. Even within “healthy” Christian homes, the pervasiveness of internet pornography and constant barrage of sexual innuendo poses an enormous challenge.
When Moses urged the Israelites to “talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you get up” he was not thinking of internet pornography, sex in the mass media and the “if it feels good do it” world of today. However, the phrase “talk about them” is referring directly to the “them” of the Ten Commandments found in Deuteronomy 5. The seventh of those is “You shall not commit adultery”. Clearly infidelity and sexual sin were prevalent in Moses’ day, as he urged the Israelites to talk with their children about the seventh commandment in the context of real life.
If you are a parent, grandparent or loving family member, I urge you today to talk with the children God has brought under your care about His plan and purpose regarding human sexuality. The option of ignoring the topic of human sexuality is to ignore something God created and pass over the wonderful biblical teaching regarding sex. Ignoring this topic in the home and church leaves the dialogue in the boys’ bathroom and across the internet. There are wonderful resources available to parents and children’s workers, particularly our Bibles.
EGM is working around the world to equip churches and children’s workers to help boys and girls experience the new life that God has for them. Here are some practical tools you might find helpful.
Focus on the Family, has resources for families that can be very helpful. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/sexuality/teaching_children_healthy_sexuality.aspx/
Jim Burns, the founder of Homeword, is an EGM supporter and has developed some great resources for families and churches to talk to our children about human sexuality and Christianity. http://www.homeword.com/