Of all the sins that mankind has more openly accepted in the last 30 years, sexual
immorality has to be on the top of the list.  We have had Supreme Court justices protect
pornography under the “freedom of speech” amendment to the constitution.  This has opened
the door not only for magazines like Playboy, but it has created a multi-billion dollar industry in
videos and internet (13 Billion in 2006).  I have no idea if the numbers are correct, but some
statistics out there claim that more than 90% of all websites are pornographic in nature.  Albeit
those that call something pornographic changes from person to person.  Some might consider
Victoria's Secret as pornography (like myself), other might only consider something
pornographic if it the website says so.  (Let me put it like this, there are so many pornographic
websites now that they have their own domain; it is fittingly .xxx)  Other alarming numbers… 25%
of search engine requests are related to pornography.  28,000 internet users are viewing
pornography every second.  266 new pornographic websites are added every day.  The average
age in which a child is first exposed to such material… 11.  7 out 10 children have inadvertently
viewed online pornography.  48% of kindergarten and 1st grade students have reported seeing
content that made them uncomfortable.  And this is just the internet.  Add the ability for people to
send photographs via their phone, cable TV, movies, and actually published materials like
Playboy and Romance novels and you can see how our society is not only sex-crazed, but our
children are not going to live in this world without being impacted and tempted by that which is
literally all around us.  And if you think it is going to get better, know this, network TV is currently
suing to have the right to show more nudity upon network TV.  If past ruling have any bearing, I
imagine that the networks will win this one. 
Teaching our children about purity has to be more than just teaching them to remain
abstinent until after the are married and teaching them to remain faithful unto their spouses.  We
need to arm them with the word of God.  The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for
the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  Flee from sexual immortality.  Every other sin a person
commits is outside the body, but the sexual immoral man sins against his own body (I Cor.
6:13, 18).”  I Cor. 6:9-10, I Thes. 4:3-5, and Eph. 5:1-3, 5 all teach about sexual purity.  As our
children become young men and young women they need to be aware of God’s will.  They need
parents who are not afraid to teach them the godly pattern for sexuality.  And trust me, if we as
parents don’t do it, they will learn about it from another source (the internet, a boy/girl friend,
movies, music, etc).  Wouldn’t it be better for your child that they learned it from a godly person
seeking what is best for them.
However, our children need to also be taught how to properly defend themselves against
temptation.  Perhaps one the best ways we can do this is to spend time in the book of the Song
of Solomon.  The temptation is not wrong.  It was giving into the temptations that is wrong.  To
feel tempted is to be human.  They need to realize that is part of growing up.  Don’t guilt them
into thinking that those feelings are sinful.  They aren’t.  We also need to teach them to avoid
them to avoid temptation by avoiding where sin is found.  Our children should be warned about
what is on the internet, movies, and television.  We need to be explaining to them what is proper
and what is not proper from them to allow their eyes and ears to absorb.
Teach your children to not be ashamed of being sexually pure.  In our society, especially in
high school and college being called a virgin is one of the worst things that a person can be
called.  I say teach your children to wear that badge with honor.  Teach them that God blesses
them when people mock them for their righteous choices.  (The truth is our society needs more
men like Tim Tebow and less of those that recently posed in ESPN’s Body issue.)
Finally, our children need to see purity in us. I have never understood how a parent can
say, “This movie is okay for me to watch but not my children because it has ‘adult’ material.”  Do
you not realize that most boys learn about pornography because they found their father’s stash? 
Brethren, I can easily imagine countless children standing before their parents as they are
condemned saying as the old commercial used to, “I learned it from watching you,”  Let that sink
in for a moment.  Do you really want to know that the reason your child cannot go to heaven is
because of you.  Even thinking about it moves me to tears.  My child deserves better.  So does
yours.

  -WTK



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Leading With Purpose: Teach Your Children About Purity

The Light
Volume 4 Issue 36