How should a Christian view sex education?

It is critical that we provide our children with biblically-based sex education. Secular culture has perverted God's original design for sex, wreaking havoc on our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Children are exposed to sex through media, friends, school-based programs, and occasionally church-based programs. While these sources can provide some positive input, more often than not, they base their opinions on what is considered appropriate by culture not God. Therefore, parents need to take the lead in educating their children so that they are informed and can make choices that will lead to both a healthy and God-honoring future.

Secular sex education comes from schools, media, and friends. School health curriculums teach students about the anatomy and physiology of their reproductive systems and guidelines for having positive romantic relationships. However, the moral perspective can vary greatly from school to school and many places no longer support abstinence, but rather encourage students to explore sexuality in ways that are contrary to the Bible. In addition, public schools cannot teach about sex within the context of God's plan. The media celebrates immoral sexual activity such as sex outside of marriage, transgenderism, and homosexuality. Also, friends provide numerous opinions on sex which can be biased and false.

Church-based sex education can vary as well. Some churches provide positive and biblical insight into sex. Nonetheless, some churches present a negative view of sex focusing on the sinful aspects rather than on how God intended sex to be. In addition, some church programs use fear and guilt as intimidation tactics to keep children from exploring sex, which can lead to a distorted view of sex in the future.

Ultimately sex education outside the home should be in addition to, not in place of, sex education at home. Although it may be awkward, parents should begin sex education early on, focusing on what is most appropriate at each stage of their child's life. By talking about the realities of the human body, how men and women are made differently, and other matters related to sexuality, parents help their children feel comfortable to come to them with questions and concerns. Their child will be informed of God's true design for sex and be able to discern truth from lies as they encounter sex outside of the home. Parents should also continue to educate themselves as culture evolves and provide children with a positive model of what a healthy relationship looks like.

Not sure where to start? Begin with the Bible. It very clearly outlines God's perspective on sex. God created us man and woman and intended sex to be between a married man and woman (Genesis 2:24; Mark 10:6–9). Sex has three main purposes: procreation, pleasure, and relationship (Genesis 9:7; Song of Solomon; Ephesians 5:31–32). Within the context of marriage sex establishes a unique human relationship which symbolizes our relationship with God.

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