By Tina Olesen
Ontario’s newly revised sexual education curriculum was presented at a news conference yesterday by Education Minister Liz Sandals. The curriculum is highly controversial due to the explicit content, causing many parents much concern. While parents are allowed to remove their child from class for some portions of the program, there are other elements which will be mandatory (no opt-out).
The title of this new curriculum is “Health and Physical Education.” Sex is not primarily a health issue, nor is it merely physical. Sex is a spiritual issue.
The unstated purpose of sex education courses is to free students from “ignorance” that could lead to their downfall; i.e., if they are taught how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, then they won’t get sick. Or if they are taught how to use contraceptives, then they won’t get pregnant.
If things were this simple, then why do we still have pregnant teenagers, despite all the education available? It’s definitely not for a lack of sex training in school. Some may even argue that sex education contributes to a teen’s decision to become sexually active, as it is separated from its spiritual and moral context and treated as a physical and emotional decision, like getting one’s ears pierced.
The real engine driving the sex education machine is an attempt to remake society, eliminating biblical morality and paving the way for a neutered anything-goes-as-long-as-you’re-happy-and-healthy culture.
The problem with “anything goes” is just that: anything goes. When you toss out biblical morality, where do you draw the line, and who decides where that line is drawn? Child pornography? Bestiality? Pedophilia? On what basis is that line drawn, if it is drawn at all?
Is that really the culture that any of us wants to live in? To have our children live in?
It is a culture of darkness, which pretends to enlighten.
“For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.”
The antidote to darkness is light. As has been said, darkness is merely the absence of light.
“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
Our young people need a vision of light, life, and holiness to captivate their hearts – their moral imaginations.
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
They need a candle in the darkness.
“…the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.”
“So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Let us “proclaim the excellencies of him who called [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light.” God is the one who has the most beautiful and excellent guidelines for sex, because He designed it for His glory, and put His parameters around it for our good.