Ben Reaoch | Category: Parenting
Let me encourage parents to think carefully about how you are going to teach your children about purity. In a world that is going to send them many confusing (and destructive) messages about sex, how are you going to communicate a clear and biblical message?
There are many useful resources available to Christian parents these days. I’ll tell you about one of them that has been a help to me.
The Squire and the Scroll is a captivating story about a young man who accompanies a knight on a mission to save the kingdom. Throughout the story are life lessons pertaining to purity. There is a companion volume of 21 lessons that a parent / mentor can study with a young boy.
My son was 8 when we went through this material, and I look forward to going through this again with my 2nd son when he is about that same age.
Another thing that made our study of this book special was meeting with other dads / mentors and boys to discuss these lessons. About once a month we met together for a hike or sledding or some other outdoor activity. We would just hang out and have fun together, and then we’d also sit down for a while and discuss the lessons we had gone through at home.
Our final time together was a very meaningful ceremony in which we exhorted the boys to pursue God and pursue holiness, and we prayed for God’s blessing on their lives.
This is just one resource, one idea, for how you can begin to cast a vision for purity to your young children. There’s also a book for girls entitled The Princess and the Kiss.
Don’t wait until they’re teenagers! Don’t even wait for a structure program that you might use.
You can begin in small conversations talking about the importance and meaning of marriage. Read Genesis 2-3 and talk about it. See what questions come up. If you don’t have an answer to one of their questions, just tell your kids that you’ll try to find an answer and then talk about it more later.
Read Ephesians 5:22-33 and talk about God’s design for marriage, that it is a picture of Christ and the church.
In the midst of much confusion about marriage and purity, let’s be diligent to speak clearly with our children. It may be uncomfortable sometimes, but it’s worth it. May God be honored as we speak the truth to our kids. And may God stir in their hearts to give them a desire for sexual purity.
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