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“Normal” vs. “Acceptable”

I was talking to a father today about the current state of youth sexuality.  He asked me:  “But, that was unthinkable when we were kids, but it’s “normal” today, so what can we do about it?”

Normal.

A common term, today, that means:

  • Everyone is doing it.
  • It’s a fact.
  • It’s what we do.

I don’t buy it.  We have to define “normal” in terms of “desirable” or, even better, what is ACCEPTABLE!

Let’s look at some “normal” FACTS:

  • 25% of teen girls in the U.S. have one or more STDs.
  • 1 in 8 twelve year old children have had sexual intercourse
    (I won’t mention the stats for other forms of sex…).
  • 20% of teen girls access pornography intentionally each week.
  • The average age of first exposure to pornography is 11.
  • Internet porn addiction is soaring, across the board.

Now, in 2009 America, this all may be “normal”.  But, to me, it is NOT acceptable!

The Church in America must begin to recognize what is truly happening in our culture, in the lives of children, youth, and adults.  The Church must then equip itself for battle and retake the ground from the Enemy.

Our Lord has already won the war.  It is up to us to take on evil on the many battlefields of life.

That includes the Sexual Battlefield.

Are you ready, willing, and able?  If not, are you correcting deficiencies in your battle-readiness, preparing for the Sexual Battlefield?

That should be “normal”.

That should be  “acceptable”.

Stay tuned for more…

“All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Emphasis added

Peace…

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4 comments to “Normal” vs. “Acceptable”

  • Sure. Just give credit and link back to my blog and web site.

    Buddy

  • I really very liked this post. Can I copy it to my blog? Thank you in advance. Sincerely

  • I understand and feel the same way about “normal & acceptable”. Takes me back to when I was growing up and used the defense that “so & so’s parent’s are letting them do this, that or the other” with my parents. Their rebuttal was simply, “I’m not them and you are my child so what they do in their home is their business”.

    What happened to establishing healthy standards and modeling behavior at home? I don’t believe it is my neighbor’s, the church I’m affiliated with, the government’s or my child’s school’s responsibility of raising my children. To support me and aid me in certain ways, yes, however, ultimately, I am the person most responsible for helping to create this citizen of the world.

    Yes, it’s obvious many parents are too stressed from all the things they must do to create & maintain living their lifestyle; maybe this is the root cause for so much sexual behavior among teens.

    Your first example of sexuality comes from your own home. If parents aren’t providing a healthy model this is when they more likely to go in search of one. Look around you for all the examples we let into our homes and expose our families to on a daily basis. If there is no solid foundation or discussion at home, natural curiosity will lead them to seek the information from wherever they can.

    Parents or adults in the home are the leaders in what their children learn about sexuality, and, to me is the first priority of any conversation of “normal and acceptable” behavior.

  • You make some very valid points here, Buddy.

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