By Nathan A. Cherry, 12/31/2010
Martinsburg, WV – I wanted to do a brief follow up on yesterday’s story regarding the record setting teen birth rate from 2009; record setting in a good way for being the lowest in 70 years. I find this to be important because these statistics are directly related to our children. If we, as parents, are doing our jobs well we will not rely on the government or Planned Parenthood to teach our children a sordid view of sexuality; a view that no doubt contributes to higher teen birth and abortion rates.
While the media scrambles to give credit to comprehensive sex education, the economy, or other quirky factors, one possible factor has gone unnoticed: parents!
That’s right, I want to talk about the possibility that parents are teaching their children a conservative, moral – dare I say biblical – view of sexuality. For years it seems that the idea of parents talking to their kids is just too uncomfortable, too awkward to happen. For these reasons it has been assumed that no parent would dare broach the subject – let alone it in a comprehensive way – so school programs and government intervention is necessary.
But what if parents are talking to their kids and teaching them moral values that include waiting for sex until marriage? The possibility has to be given some weight in light of recent statistics. It’s no secret that more parents are homeschooling their children; not just for the academic advantages over public schools but for moral and religious reasons as well. Students being homeschooled are present for neither comprehensive sex education nor abstinence courses. That leaves one possibility – parental education.
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.