Monday, July 17, 2017

Umm... I have concerns.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:  A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest..." 
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Ok. If you are reading this, the chances are you know about the article Teen Vogue published a few days ago. The piece, entitled "Anal Sex:  What You Need to Know," is basically what it sounds like.

The point I take issue with is that Teen Vogue is a publication whose target audience is 11-19 year old girls.

Now, what I don't want to do here is take up your time by making the case that 11 year olds having anal sex is wrong. That should be a given. If you find that a perfectly reasonable activity for your 11, 12, or 13 year old daughter, that's on you. May God have mercy on your soul.

What I do want to do here is help Christian parents (or those hoping to some day be Christian parents) to understand the world our children are growing up in.

These types of publications are thermometers. These types of articles are temperature checks.

Media outlets exist to make money, and these types of businesses learned long ago that there's not much money to be made in saying boring things. No, what they want to do is say things that grab attention. They want to push the envelope, because that's what gets people's attention. That's what brings in dollars.

And that's what this is.

This article doesn't tell us that anal sex is mainstream among early and pre-teens. If that were the case, it wouldn't be getting so much attention.

What the article does tell us, however, is that traditional sex is.

It's not enough to tell an 11 year old about sex. No, that's just commonplace. By the time an average kid hits their early teens, they've been so exposed to sex that it's now a boring subject.

That, I think, is the biggest red flag here.

Dear Christian parent, if you sit back and let your child go with the cultural flow, this is what they will grow up in. This will be their norm. Your pre-teen will be so over-saturated with sex, they will literally find it boring.

As a parent, I find this troubling. And not just because it means my wife and I need to very actively, intentionally steer our children in a healthy direction with regards to their own sexuality, but because of what will happen when we do. They will be swimming upstream. My daughters may be called a prude and lose friends because of it. My son may be mocked, ridiculed, and regarded as less of a man. For them, honoring Christ with their bodies will be a costly endeavor.

"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven..." 
- Matthew 5:11-12

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