Chapter 3 - Sex Ed for Parents
In this episode, Dr. Gilbert explains why it is important that parents develop a theology of sex. We may say that we believe one thing, but our children can tell by our actions and reactions what we truly believe. We cannot eliminate sexuality but in practice we act as though it does not exit when it comes to our children and conversations. We must address sex and sexuality at every age. Research tell us that 70% of teens have engaged in sexual behaviors and so we must prepare them beforehand with knowledge - with a theology of sex.
Nancy Pearcey's book, Love Thy Body, explores the origins of many of the troubling problems we are facing today. Similarly, Christopher West, makes John Paul II's work, Theology of the Body, accessible to readers. Both of these works lay out a theology of sex and sexuality that encompasses the totality of who we are as humans made in the image of God.
Dr. Gilbert shares scriptures to remind parents of the importance of developing a biblical sexual ethic for themselves and their children that honors God and treat others with respect. We honor God with our bodies through the discipline of self-control. I appeal to you have celebration with chastity! Sex is to be enjoyed within boundaries. It is important that while we teach our children that God has established boundaries that we also tell them that they were created with desire and desire is not sin. Desire requires stewardship.
Your story matters. God invented sex. He love sex. He did not mess it up - we did. The Bible has a lot to say on sexuality. Examine the scriptures for yourself and prayerfully seek understanding of what this means for your family.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Titus 2:2-8, 11-12; Ecclesiastes 7:16-18; Romans 12:1; 1 John 4:12b; Song of Solomon 5:16; Proverbs 5:15; 1 Peter 5:8
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