Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Teenage Sexuality

a Biblical thought...
One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: "Let the children alone, don't prevent them from coming to me. God's kingdom is made up of people like these." After laying hands on them, he left. (Matt 19 :13-15)

a Book thought...
In the future my efforts would be best spent not in trying to change Hairballs, but in offering to widwife out of Hairballs anyone who longed for a fuller, more original work experience. (p188 MacKenzie)
a Dave thought... http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/
In Sex Lives Of Australian Teenagers (Random House, 2007), based on a survey of 300 teenagers, which found children were getting most of their information about sex from internet porn sites rather than their parents or sex education programs. Sauers found that 97 per cent of girls, and 100 per cent of boys, had seen porn by the time they turned 15. A third of girls had had a sexual experience by the age of 13.

As the 2Love team sat down yesterday to confirm electives for INSANE, our youth event we are planning for January, we were conscious that we covered the issue of sex. As teenagers today are exposed to so many sexual images at an early age, we tend to let our young people work out their thoughts online or with their friends rather than conversing with an adult. The church has rarely covered the issue of teenage sexuality, but surely unless we open up some spaces to dialogue about the real issues that effect our youth we remain irrelevant to many in our society today.

Just a thought.

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