Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by gerald285, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. gerald285

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    Dec 23, 2006
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    (By Robert Layton)

    I WAS HOLDING A NOTICE FROM my 13-year-old son's
    school announcing a meeting to preview the new course
    in sexuality. Parents could examine the curriculum and
    take part in an actual lesson presented exactly as it
    would be given to the students.

    When I arrived at the school, I was surprised to
    discover only about a dozen parents there. As we
    waited for the presentation, I thumbed through page
    after page of instructions in the prevention of
    pregnancy or disease. I found abstinence mentioned
    only in passing. When the teacher arrived with the
    school nurse, she asked if there were any questions. I
    asked why abstinence did not play a noticeable part in
    the material.

    What happened next was shocking. There was a great
    deal of laughter, and someone suggested that if I
    thought abstinence had any merit, I should go back to
    burying my head in the sand. The teacher and the nurse
    said nothing as I drowned in a sea of embarrassment.
    My mind had gone blank, and I could think of nothing
    to say. The teacher explained to me that the job of
    the school was to teach "facts, " and the home was
    responsible for moral training. I sat in silence for
    the next 20 minutes as the course was explained. The
    other parents seemed to give their unqualified support
    to the materials.

    "Donuts, at the back, " announced the teacher during
    the break. "I'd like you to put on the name tags we
    have prepared-they're right by the donuts . . . and
    mingle with the other parents. "Everyone moved to the
    back of the room. As I watched them affixing their
    name tags and shaking hands, I sat deep in thought. I
    was ashamed that I had not been able to convince them
    to include a serious discussion of abstinence in the
    materials. I uttered a silent prayer for guidance. My
    thoughts were interrupted by the teacher's hand on my
    shoulder. "Won't you join the others, Mr. Layton?" The
    nurse smiled sweetly at me. "The donuts are good."
    "Thank you, no, " I replied. "Well, then, how about a
    name tag? I'm sure the others would like to meet you."
    "Somehow I doubt that, " I replied. "Won't you please
    join them?" she coaxed. Then I heard a still, small
    voice whisper, "Don't go." The instruction was
    unmistakable. "Don't go!" "I'll just wait here, " I

    When the class was called back to order, the teacher
    looked around the long table and thanked everyone for
    putting on name tags. She ignored me. Then she said,
    "Now we're going to give you the same lesson we'll be
    giving your children. Everyone please peel off your
    name tags." I watched in silence as the tags came off.
    "Now, then, on the back of one of the tags, I drew a
    tiny flower. Who has it, please?" The gentleman across
    from me held it up. "Here it is!" "All right, " she
    said. "The flower represents disease. Do you recall
    with whom you shook hands?" He pointed to a couple of
    people. "Very good, " she replied. "The handshake in
    this case represents intimacy. So the two people you
    had contact with now have the disease." There was
    laughter and joking among the parents. The teacher
    continued, "And whom did the two of you shake hands
    with?" The point was well taken, and she explained how
    this lesson would show students how quickly disease is
    spread. "Since we all shook hands, we all have the

    It was then that I heard the still, small voice again.
    "Speak now," it said, "but be humble." I noted wryly
    the latter admonition, then rose from my chair. I
    apologized for any upset I might have caused earlier,
    congratulated the teacher on an excellent lesson that
    would impress the youth, and concluded by saying I had
    only one small point I wished to make. "Not all of us
    were infected, " I said. "One of us . . . abstained."
  2. just-want-peace

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    Words of wisdom is a helter-skelter society!

    Hopefully the point was made, but in reality it probably just flew over the heads of the PC crowd!

    More's the pity!!
  3. just-want-peace

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    Edited to read "Words of wisdom IN a helter-skelter society!"
  4. Analgesic

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    Jul 6, 2007
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    An excellent object lesson. While I entirely agree that sex ed should teach only facts, the fact that abstinence is 100% effective is a crucially important fact that is rarely given sufficient emphasis.
  5. Joe

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    Good for you for speaking up!!!!!!!

    When I was in high school, they were teaching this same junk. I spoke up reminding the class that it's a choice to have intercourse and I was going to wait until I was married. I interrupted a few times reminding that abstinence was a choice, and on the third time, was asked to leave the room by the teacher.
    Later I heard different students were injecting the word "abstinence" as a choice to what the teacher was saying.
    I was really proud to hear this, especially since a few were girls who spoke up with the abstinence as an option were labeled as "been around the block". Somehow, someway, I felt I had helped them realize they had an option. Maybe I was wrong, but i believe that to this day. They were extra nice and polite to me from that day forward.
    #5 Joe, Jul 16, 2007
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  6. 2 Timothy2:1-4

    2 Timothy2:1-4
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    Good stuff

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