A friend posted this on Facebook yesterday..Posted by admin
“shame on youth pastor’s who refuse to preach against sexual sin. GROW A PAIR AND PREACH THE WORD OF GOD.”
Which made me laugh at first, but then I got to thinking… how do we help young people understand the value of sexual purity? Here’s my reply to his post…
grow a pair of what Paul? … u r so funny
grow a pair & sexual sin in the same sentence… I’m chuckling inside.
I think some are afraid to teach about the dangers of sexual sin, because they get so confused about what is sin and what is simply socially questionable. There will be some that will blast you for saying “grow a pair” as if that is immoral in itself.
Yet they don’t think through the fact that Jesus was so socially unacceptable to some religious people that they literally crucified Him.
We won’t help young people abstain from sexual sin by shouting in anger about the evil of sexual immorality – we learned that from my generation.
We won’t help young people abstain from sexual sin by lying about the effectiveness of condoms, having abstinence or purity rings, challenging them to make emotional pledges, and otherwise basically ignoring the entire subject – we learned that from your generation.
So what will prove effective? – I’m praying that moms and dads who stick together, encourage open conversation, teach freedom, and remind their students that while all things are permissible – not all things are expedient will prove effective.
What do you think Paul? If you were serving as a youth pastor type guy – what would you teach about sexual sin? I don’t think that teaching that the Bible forbids it will do much to curb it. I would teach that the law forbids premarital sex, but I think stopping there may increase sexual immorality instead of decreasing it. So what else do we do? I have thoughts, but I think a dialog would be positive to you, I, and others. So – what do you think? I’m going to post this to my blog as well and see what response I get.