Christian sex education… is there such a thing?
We don’t hear much about sex from a biblical perspective, do we?
It’s a topic many parents want to sweep under the rug, or leave to the public schools to teach. Maybe the youth leader will address it at some point. Maybe.
But it’s the parents’ responsibility to teach their children about sex, and in today’s culture, we need to begin teaching it early.
Sex, lust, and immodesty is being sold via the billboard ads as you drive along the highway, on posters in malls, and in most television shows.
Even if your child is fairly well protected and comes from a conservative home, it’s still likely their friends are talking about it, and maybe even testing the waters.
We can’t pretend it’s not happening. We can’t just say prayers for our children and turn our heads. We have to be purposeful about teaching them from the word of God. It’s our mandate!
How do you want your kids to learn about one of the most sensitive, but important, topics of their life? What perspective do you want them to have about intimacy, marriage, and the opposite sex? Will it be a perspective that ultimately brings glory to God and His plan for the Christian family?
It’s time to get intentional about this!!!
A few years ago we stumbled upon a wonderful resource for teaching children about sex in a way they can understand it. We were searching for something to use with our oldest son, who was nine or ten years old at the time. We wanted to be sure we laid the foundation before anyone else did, since he was beginning to have questions. We couldn’t continue to simply dismiss them or change the subject anymore.
Christian Sex Education For Parents & Kids
The Talk: 7 Lessons To Introduce Your Child To Biblical Sexuality (written by Luke Gilkerson, who used to work for Covenant Eyes, the internet safety company) is the study we used with our son. It’s tastefully done, and is written in a way that minimizes any “awkward” moments that tend to occur when we talk about sensitive subjects. It’s perfect for children ages 6-10, though I know every child is different.
The layout of the study is simple, and it begins with an introduction written just for parents. This introduction is crucial — please don’t skip it. You’ll learn about how to know if your child is ready for this study yet, and what is “too much too soon” versus “too little too late.”
The seven lessons covered are:
- God made them male and female
- Go forth and multiply
- Wonderfully made
- The two shall become one flesh
- You shall not commit adultery
- Do not violate me
- Bought with a price
We went through the study slowly, at the pace of one lesson a week. You may choose to use it daily or monthly. It’s completely up to you!
The Talk makes it easier to have the talk with your child. We’ll be using it soon with our youngest son. You won’t regret keeping this resource on hand!
Remember, as Christians we are commanded to use God’s word for instruction, reproof, and training (2 Timothy 3:16). This study will enable you to easily use God’s word to instruct your child in a bible-centered way, and that’s what they will carry with them as they go through life.
You can do this! You’ll be glad you did!
Don’t put it off. Be ready to answer their questions with scripture.
Go in grace today,
P.S. Still not sure if you’re comfortable tackling the topic on your own? Check out this *video* series you can watch with your kids instead.