Speaking to a group of young people can be very intimidating. Speaking to a group of young people on the topic of sex can be excruciating. Before I begin I always promise them, “This is NOT another lecture on sex.” I also assure them I will not be throwing pictures of STDs on the wall as a scare tactic NOR will I be passing out condoms or describing the graphic details of abortion procedures.
Of course, STDs are a real medical issue in our culture, and I am as pro-life as the next conservative Christian. But in my days of ministry I have come to learn that young people are not as concerned with the consequences of sex as we adults would like them to be. Think back to your own teenage years. Truth be told…someone explaining the physical consequences of sex was not enough to stop you from doing it. The same is true today except for one major, even bigger, temptation – technology.
My encouragement to young people and the task before us, as a culture, is to bring back the importance of purity. What I tell our kids and what I need parents to hear – PURITY IS NOT JUST ABOUT SEX! Purity is a way of life that includes surrendering all areas of our life to Jesus.
In this world our kids are bombarded with sex, but when they come to church they hardly hear the word sex. Yet, we have these expectations of them, morally, but we aren’t training them or equipping them inside the walls of the church. When they walk OUTSIDE the walls of the church the world is waiting on them, ready to devour them. And not just in regards to sex.
“But if we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, PURIFIES us from all sin.” -1 John 1:7 ESV
Is it any wonder our enemy, Satan, spends so much time convincing us that the word purity is bad when Jesus died so that his blood would PURIFY us from all sin? This is no coincidence!
Parents! Young people! Let us get wise to our enemy and realize that to live a life of purity means to be covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. Let us live lives worthy of the cross and worthy of the Gospel. Parents, make the sex talks in your home about the Holy Spirit. Instead of saying DON’T, let’s tell our kids, “DO! Do live your life for Jesus. Wait for Him to tell you what to do. Let Him be your Guide.”
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.” -1 John 3:1, 3 ESV