Thursday, October 3, 2013
Once a year our congregation sets one Sunday aside to talk about purity, not only in teenagers but in all of us. Our youth minister gets up and does a special sermon on the topic and has all the teens and their parents sit together. Rings are bought and vows are made and it is beautiful. Our minster had a particularly poignant sermon this year that really touched my heart.
He said something that really was powerful. "Unplug from the culture and plug into Jesus" Unplug from the culture, now there is an interesting topic. He challenged not just the teens but challenged all of us to unplug from the culture. Never before in the history of the world has the culture wreaked with sexuality. The easy access is what is killing our people, not just our teens.
You want to raise Godly children that will keep their eyes, their ears and their mouths from evil, unplug from the culture. Now you don't have to go Amish to do that. I was talking do a dear sister in Christ the other day about being in the season of teenagers. Everyone from the TV, to the music, to the McDonald's down the street urges to embrace the culture Whole ad campaigns embrace the idea that you "just do it!"
I know detractors will say there has always been unholiness and they would be right. However, the access to pornography has never been easier. You don't need to sneak into the garage of daddy or the neighbor, you just have to turn on your phones and there it is. In broad daylight we can surf the Internet sitting in church and look at hard core porn. It's not just teens but people of all ages. No sneaking necessary.
I remember raising our daughter and how hard it was on her, even in the great church we attended to be different. Not to be different for difference sake but to embrace a life of holiness. We talked openly about the dangers of embracing the world's view of sexuality and purity. While other teens in the church were reading teen magazines telling girls to embrace lesbianism and how to be a great lover our daughter was reading Focus on the Family's teen magazine called Brio. When the girls walked around town dressed like hookers she was wearing cute but modest clothes. Do you think it was easy for her? Nope, she felt alone at times, she also laughed at the bizarre teen magazines and for that I am so thankful.
It is hard raising teens today. I think much harder than I had it when I was a teen. Did you know that the rise in female addiction to pornography is rising at an alarming rate? Teen girls and grown women addicted to porn? The world is crazy! How do we train another generation to remain pure when the culture is screaming, "just do it?" You spend the early years of their lives impressing on them the value of having a pure heart. I hope to do a couple of articles on this topic Lord willing before I head out to Haiti.
I have also asked someone very close to me to write about what happens when you give into the temptation and dive headlong into pornography and the havoc it causes. And then the lesson of redemption.
Stay with me as we explore ways to unplug from the culture.
In Christ Alone
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".