If you’ve been listening to national news for the past two days you’re aware that one in four teen girls has sexually transmitted disease (STD) in this country. Did you hear that? One in four!
In addition, according to our local news (which reported as “breaking news”) the South Dakota teen girls have higher percentage of having multiple sex partners than the national average. The “experts” suggest that more condom distributions in schools and peer-to-peer safe sex education as solutions. As I was experiencing aftershock to all these, few initial thoughts were raised:
- Why are they only focusing on girls? What about the boys?
- How is it that most people I meet in South Dakota consider themselves Christians, yet have this type of report?
- What have churches in South Dakota been preaching?
- Would this effect how churches do ministry out here?
Reports like this reflect more on what’s happening in our homes, parenting, and in our churches. I would say great responsibilities lie with both parents and pastors. First of all, do our family members cultivate biblical worldviews of life? For instance, how are our family members understand God’s view of sex? Do our children fear God? Do our parents fear God? Do family members have biblical understanding of the gospel? Do we live out the gospel? What implications do family members have between the gospel and sex?
Next, I want to challenge our churches, especially, leadership of churches to do some serious self-examinations. Do our parishioners often hear the glorious and transcendent views of God from our pulpits? I mean views of God that are beyond “He’s all about love, he loves you, and he has wonderful plans for you.” Do they hear that God is holy, which means he hates sins and workers of iniquities? Or, do they hear a typical warped theology of today that says “God hates sin but loves sinners”? Do our parishioners understand that God’s judgment is ready against unrepentant ones (Psalm 7:12-13)? Do they hear exhortations and warnings to “Do homage to the Son (literally, kiss the Son in Hebrew), that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled” (Psalm 2:12)? Do they understand the doctrine of repentance? When was the last time (especially, the teens) heard that those who persist to live in sins such as impurity, sensuality, and even illegal drug usage “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21)? Do our parishioners understand that church can and must discipline and remove unrepentant member(s) from fellowship?
When a church has become like the unregenerate world and its culture, she has lost the flavor and it is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot (Matthew 5:12). Although calling churches to wake-up may have a bleak result, I am confident of the following words of Jesus: “You do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:26-27).