The Helena, Montana, “Sex-Ed” Controversy

Posted on August 30, 2010 by

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Recently, in Helena, Montana, the school board has completed a two year review and study on the overall curriculum they believe their students need. Many matters are standard; however, what is shocking – if indeed we can be shocked anymore – are the sexual educational goals the school board has for its younglings they are suppose to educate.

Instead of educating the children, the school board is involved in social engineering. With the assistance of tax-funded Planned Parenthood and a host of other medical and psychological “experts”, the school board believes that now is the time to extend “Sex Ed” to kindergarteners. Yes, you read that correctly.

If the curriculum passes in October 2010, Helena five-year-olds will be taught the “proper terms” of various sexual parts of the human anatomy.[1] And, over the course of the next five years they will be “educated” on same sex relationships, the “elements” of a “healthy relationship”, that “children need help from adults [read that “teachers”] to make some decisions”,  and on the various ways people can be intimate.[2] There is little wonder why parents stormed into the Helena School Board meeting room when given the chance to voice their opposition. Will their voices be heard? Time will only tell.

The best proposal for a curriculum for sex education was presented by two young, brave middle school girls, arguing for an abstinence-based program. Currently, there are none on the books. They argued that it would be “more effective to reduce teen pregnancy and disease”. From the mouths of babes!

Christian parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, and the young Christians matriculating through our school systems need to be highly aware of God’s teaching on sexual behavior and the social engineering agendas in our school districts. Not all are so, but we do not want to give the government – or government funded agencies – the reigns to rob our children of their innocence, destroy their spiritual training in moral behavior, or provide the children with their own culturally derived system of values.

The Lord placed the responsibility to educate their children in these areas upon the parents (Deut. 6.4-25; Eph. 6.1-4). Parents are not to forfeit this role and responsibility to someone else at any time. It is true, there are many reasons for allowing others to teach our children the fundamentals of education, while caring parents work to provide for their children; however, it is our job to help our children “escape the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire” (2 Pet. 1.3-4).

When the Apostle Paul addressed the church in Corinth regarding the bounds of sexual behavior among God’s people he stressed, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (1 Cor. 7.1 ASV). Haptesthai, translated “to touch” here, connotes sexual behavior before marriage (i.e. fornication); making Paul’s point clearer: unmarried couples are not to engage in sexual behavior.

In fact, Paul moves to say that these appetites are only to be satiated within the confines of a marriage relationship (1 Cor. 7.2-5, 9); anything else is a violation of the Divine design for these legitimate desires (1 Cor. 5.9-13).

Seeking sexual satisfaction outside of the marriage relationship has been the cause of so many forces plaguing humanity. Paul summarizes the rejection of

God by means of “sexual freedom” in Romans 1.24-32. Paul describes how many who rejected God had “dishonored” their bodies “among themselves” (v. 24), that this rejection of God’s moral-sexual code of ethics developed into homosexual relationships (vv. 26-27), and how this pattern of behavior is essentially a refusal to have God in their knowledge (v. 28).

To summarize this sample of biblical statements about the appropriate use of our sexual passions:

(1)   The unmarried are to be sexually celibate (abstinent).

(2)   The appropriate relationship for which this sexual passion was designed for is a heterosexual (a husband and a wife) and monogamous (faithful) marriage.

(3)   Anything that does not fit the two criteria above is condemned by God our Creator and the designer of the marriage relationship (Gen. 2.4-24).

The Book of God is quite clear regarding this topic, however, our society in general has moved far away from adhering to these vital principles of moral living. And, now, sexual deviants are held up as heroes and idols to aspire after; meanwhile, the godly are sneered at by popular culture.

It is time for parents who care about the moral fiber of their children to instill a strong sense of sexual purity within them. Should we be proud of our young men who go around kissing the girls and making them cry? Should we allow our young ladies to go out with a new boy every other night hoping they remain pure? These precious souls are our offspring, our responsibility, and our heritage (Psa. 127.3). We are to “bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6.4).

It is time for young people to realize that flirting with their sexual passions is far more costly than they realize, and that God has placed these boundaries for their protection and blessing. It is from God’s Word that we learn the true time and place for these passions. To those who have failed to remain pure, see that now is the time to allow God to reclaim you by turning to Him who will wash you, sanctify you, and will justify you transforming you into a servant of righteousness (1 Cor. 6.9-11; Rom. 6.16-18).

It is time for us all to realize that there is an agenda to sexualize our children earlier and earlier. Furthermore, there is an agenda to provide a moral vision by which our children are desensitized from determining which types of moral conduct is acceptable by God and which is not. Finally, any influence which attempts to usurp the authority of godly parents is to be rejected. Our children must be raised godly, free from sexual immorality (Eph. 5.3)!

SOURCES

[1]   Helena Public Schools Health Enhancement K-12 Critical Competencies Draft. Helena School District Website. pg .36. [On-Line] http://www.helena.k12.mt.us/images/documents/curriculum/HealthCurriculum/K12FinalHealth.pdf.

[2]   Helena, pg. 45.

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