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“In the beginning, God…” is the most important statement about sex in the Bible.
God is God, and we are not. God is the Creator and we are His creation. He is our Lord, our Master, our Authority, and our Ruler.
“In the beginning, God…”
We cannot begin to talk about sex, porn, marriage, masturbation, relationships, LGBTQ, dating, intimacy–without first talking about God.
When we are talking to our children, they need to know that God is the author and creator of all.
To be human is to bear God’s image. This means we possess infinite value in God’s eyes. Not just when we’re good, but when we are…human.
God values us because of who He is, because of whom we reflect not because of what we do or don’t do.
Behavior doesn’t make us valuable. God made us valuable when He created us in his image—before we’d done anything good or bad.
This is the first and most important thing we need to be sharing with our children: that they are made in the image of God.
And this should shape our language.
When we start with an understanding that we are made in the image of God – that we are made with great value – it changes everything.
We must instill this in our children, it is in Jesus Christ where our identity is found and true life is lived.
Please understand the wonderful opportunity that lies before you. This is always seen as tough and awkward. But this is only true if you allow it to be.
God speaks about sex positively, candidly, and frequently in scripture.
The story surrounding sex is ultimately a story of God’s love for His people, this story tells us of pleasure, procreation, and protection.
We must be able to navigate this story well in order to best guide our children in God’s plan.
We must also be able to understand the generation we are raising.
Generation Z has more access to sexual content than any other generation.
Each day, we parents have a choice as to who will be the primary source of information about sex and sexual ethics for our children.
Will it be the broader culture, which is concerned only with grooming our children to be sexualized consumers? Or will it be us, who love them as no else can and are positioned to guide them into a life that is conformed to the image of Christ?
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