By Nathan A. Cherry, 03/11/2011
Martinsburg, WV – Guess what? As it turns out not everyone is “doing it.” Liberals in Washington, the mainstream media, and advocacy groups that push for normalization of teen sex and homosexuality would have us believe that teens just can’t control themselves and every single one of them is having sex so let’s just celebrate it and hand out condoms and abortions. It looks like they were wrong.
In the most recent and comprehensive study of sexual habits since 2002 findings show that “twenty-seven percent of young men and 29 percent of young women ages 15-24 have never had any kind of sex.” That means more than 1 out of every 4 people aged 15-24 have never had sex. What could be the contributing factors to this rise is abstinence? Oops, I think I gave the answer away.
This new study released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that just because our society and media glamorize sex and act like it is something to be put on a “to-do” list, not everyone is buying it. Based on the research, many are delaying sex for a number of admirable reasons that fly in the face of the talking heads that suggest sex is something to be casually engaged in by teens.
According to the folks at FamilyFacts.org, one of the reasons for the rise in abstinence has to do with parents taking a more active role in their kids’ lives.
“Too often today parents believe they are powerless to influence their children’s choices. But research shows that is just not true: Parent behavior strongly influences teen sexual behavior. Moreover, youth who remain abstinent do better academically and are more likely to attend and graduate from college than sexually active teens.”
The benefits of abstinence are obvious. There seems to be a connection between abstinence and, not just a strong moral fiber, but a stronger mental and emotional resolve as well. All the data collected in recent years regarding those students that are abstinent show them doing significantly better academically, emotionally, and physically. Could it be that teenagers are just not equipped to deal with the mental and emotional aspects of sex? And that those aspects significantly affect their performance academically? This seems to be a reasonable and logical conclusion.
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.