Are kids being too sexualized by an uncaring society?
We recently read a New York Times article about young middle school girls performing at a school-sanctioned talent show…as if they were in a music video. link Not just lip-synching to a pop tune, but gyrating and grinding in an eroticized choreography that belied their young age – or did it? The scene apparently made some in the audience want to cry out, “Does your mother know you’re wearing that skimpy outfit and doing that?” Sadly, the answer was actually quite obvious…their parents were in the approving audience and are part of a culture that has come to expect such things from girls today.
At LOGOS we ask, “Who’s teaching our children their values, and are these the behavioral norms that kids should conform to?” Parents and adults with the responsibility to develop children must wake up to the shocking realities that their actions today will likely create in the future…young adults with an unhealthy sense of morality and propriety. This is hardly the stuff of a positive, productive approach to nurturing the Children of God into His disciples.
The early church influenced the culture and shaped the morals of the people. Today the church cannot become disconnected from that role. We must intentionally work to reverse this trend toward the society advocating “anything goes” if we are to build a community based on the kingdom of God and develop young Christians as life-long disciples.