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Sex Education – It’s a God thing!

We need families that put faith first, from our children’s earliest days. When parents model a walk with God, a covenant marriage, a loving partnership and a commitment to passing on Christian values then, and only then, will we see a restoration of America’s moral foundations.  

As reported by O.N.U.G. USA earlier this week, the Collier County school board (Naples, Florida) is moving to institute a greatly broadened sex education program in Collier Schools.
 
·         The current policy reads that the curriculum should address “an awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy.”
 
·         The new policy – driven by board member Richard Calabrese -- seeks to bring a formal comprehensive health education curriculum that is “evidence-based (and) medically accurate.”
 
There are two fundamental problems with what is proposed – one of which is concealed in the language of the policy revision: 
 
·         It will not achieve the objective of reducing the number of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases
 
·         It will further reduce a perception that sexual activity is best delayed until marriage
 
It’s easy to see how the first problem arises. Teaching teenagers how to do anything “safely” never means that they DO do it safely! If it did, teen drivers would be really safe … so a switch from teaching “just say no” to teaching “if you must do it, do it safely” is hardly likely to achieve the stated objective.
 
The second problem is not so easy to see at first glance. It lies in the words “evidence-based”. The board is to be commended for its diligence in following The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce consideration of "H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act." As part of that consideration, an amendment has been offered entitled “HEALTHY TEEN INITIATIVE TO PREVENT TEEN PREGNANCY.” The amendment provides for:
 
·         funding the “conduct or support evidence-based education programs”
 
·         the maintenance, by each state requesting funds, of a registry of such evidence-based programs
 
·         the definition of “evidence-based” to mean “based on a model that has been found, in methodologically sound research:
(1) to delay initiation of sex;
(2) to decrease number of partners;
(3) to reduce teen pregnancy;
(4) to reduce sexually transmitted infection
OR
( 5) to improve rates of contraceptive use.
 
Did you catch it?
The problem is in that “or” … which translates as “we don’t care when you have sex, or with how many partners, or how often you or your partner gets pregnant or what STDs you get … as long as you use some form of contraception”. The “evidence-based” language introduced in the policy revision is another step in undermining the role of sexual activity as a fundamental part of a healthy marriage.
There’s another issue with “evidence-based sex education”. Underneath its apparently benign surface is an ugly undercurrent. Many of its leading proponents are the advocates for abortion and gay rights. It represents another step in the erosion of faith-based moral fundamentals.
 
“OK”, I hear you saying. “Even if the School Board is full of good intentions, they’re pushing us in a bad direction – but how is that a ‘God’ thing?'” (By the way, I do think the board members are essentially well-intentioned, in case you were wondering). The issue that concerns me is that as we argue the rights and wrongs of sex education, abortion, euthanasia and the gay agenda (which I hope to return to in another piece), we’re arguing about the symptoms – not the disease.
 
Brad Bright, son of Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ) hits the nail on the head in his book “God Is The Issue”. He says:
 
"Do you believe that the key to solving America’s cultural problems is to make God the issue, or do you still have doubts? Do you still believe that if we just tried a little harder or tweaked things a bit here or there that we could turn the cultural tide? I believe that such thinking is akin to playing the game Whack- A-Mole. Whacking at symptoms may produce a short-term fix giving us more time, but whacking down symptoms will never make them go away and stay away. I am convinced that our view of God will determine our belief system as individuals and as a society. It will determine whether we believe in “sexual preference” or the sanctity of God-ordained marriage.“
 
Well-intentioned attempts to provide “better” sex education will not address the issues of teen pregnancies and sexually-transmitted diseases. We need better “God education”. We need families that put faith first, from our children’s earliest days. When parents model a walk with God, a covenant marriage, a loving partnership and a commitment to passing on Christian values then, and only then, will we see a restoration of America’s moral foundations.  - Ian Rowlands
 
[Ian and Myra Rowlands are part of a Campus Crusade for Christ Ministry -- FamilyLife® -- dedicated to helping husbands and wives live marriages and lead families God’s way. They are raising their support so they can report to their assignment, and we invite you to take a look at their website http://therowlands.cccministry.org/ to see if their family-centered focus in One Nation Under God is one you feel you can help with. Ian is a regular contributor to One Nation Under God U.S.A.'s website (www.onug.us), covering the interaction between faith, family and freedom.]