Monday, December 22, 2008

"The (Ongoing) Talk"

I know that this might seem a little out of place considering that most everything revolves around Christmas celebrations this time of year (and rightfully so)...But I wanted to share a video with you that I found that deals with the issue of lust and how fathers can start to handle having "the (ongoing) talk" with their children--particularly their sons. It was made by a ministry called Freedom Begins Here. They are a group dedicated to helping churches and individuals start to actually deal with pornography and sexual sin in people's lives. This problem has reached a point in our nation where we really don't have the option of keeping silent about it and just hoping and praying that our children won't fall victim to such temptations. Here are some stats that they offer on their website:
• Sex is the #1 thing people search for on the Internet
• There are over 420 million Pornographic Internet pages
• 12 to 17 year olds are the largest consumers of Internet pornography
• 42.7% of Internet users view pornography
• The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink
• 2006 Worldwide Porn Revenues = $97.06 billion
• 7 of 10 lay leaders in the church admitted to visiting adult Web sites at least once a week.
• 4 out of 10 pastors said they did the same.
50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.

These are alarming and should help us see reality better. So I just wanted to put this video out here to hopefully encourage you as parents to engage your children in ongoing conversation about lust, pornography, temptation, sex, etc. They will learn about it somewhere, and it's best to teach them from a loving encouraging biblical perspective in the home--rather than leaving them to the self-seeking pleasure-now culture around them elsewhere. Here's the video for all you parents:

RENOVATED: A father-to-father discussion on talking to your son about sex. from Freedom Begins Here on Vimeo.

Let me know what you think. Any thoughts about how you might need help as parents? Any helpful ideas or suggestions that have been beneficial between you and your children? Post or email me:

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