Today I read a news article about a teacher in Vivian, Louisiana who had been arrested and charged with inappropriate contact with an underage student. The article went on to note that occurrences of this sort of behavior are on the rise, with many similar cases in just the beginning of 2019. It goes on to cite smartphones as the primary reason for the increase in occurrences.
Talk about missing the point!
The article quotes a report from the Texas Education Association saying, “As for why the number of these incidents has seemingly increased, studies suggest that smartphones are the primary reason for the spike in illicit relationships, as it allows teachers to communicate with the minors without supervision.”
No. That’s not it.
For several decades, American schools have promoted atheism. Even moments of silent prayer have been banned. We have taught generations that there is no God. Therefore, there is no accountability to anyone but yourself.
We have taught kids that they are products of time and chance, descended from pond scum. Therefore, they have no eternal value; they are worthless. We have taught kids that about survival of the fittest, glorifying selfishness as an evolutionary advantage.
We have taught kids that sexual expression should be unhitched from the sacred union of marriage, and that kids should explore their sexuality to discover what pleases them the most, with the only boundary being “mutual consent”. “Comprehensive Sex-Ed” programs are being MANDATED in states and school districts across the country (and around the world). Parents are not being informed of the full reach and scope of this indoctrination, and they are not given the option to opt out of or pre-approve the teaching – which includes descriptive, instructive, pornographic, unnatural content (all presented to curious and immature students who are prone to peer pressure and experimentation, without the wisdom of years to understand the lasting consequences of their actions). Furthermore, in many cases, anti-family activists from Planned Parenthood and Pro-LGBT groups are being invited into the schools to instruct our children in these sensitive subjects.
We have taught kids that the family is a tired, unnecessary cliché.
We have taught boys that masculinity is toxic and that women don’t need a man to be “fulfilled”. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”
We have taught girls the same evil lie – that men are an oppressive burden and out to steal their personal sovereignty. We scream, “equal pay for equal work!”, and teach them that men conspire to keep them underpaid and overworked. We have taught them that motherhood isn’t a noble role, and that they should desire to be professionals – doctors, lawyers, CEOs, firefighters, soldiers, police officers – anything but wives and mothers. We have taught them that if their unrestrained sexual exploration leads to the unfortunate consequence of pregnancy, they can quickly and “safely” remedy the situation with the friendly aid of Planned Parenthood – an organization that really cares for women – just not those in the womb or the ones who will suffer the anguish of guilt from their abortion.
And now we teach girls that they can BE men!
Recently, we have seen the rise of the enthusiastic promotion of paedophilia as a valid “sexual preference”. We are hosting “Drag Queen Story Hours” at public libraries to normalize perversion and to feed the curious and inquisitive minds of our children poison, while their enlightened parents look on in approval. We see pictures of pre-teen “drag queens” suggestively posed next to naked men, hear of them performing in gay bars, and see toddlers marching in “pride” parades, surrounded by overexcited, half-dressed (or less) perverts, drooling over the fresh meat being plated up by virtue signaling “ally” parents, yet no one in authority bats an eye for fear of being labeled as hateful.
No, smartphones are not the problem, and the problem will only get worse until we accept the truth. Man is sinful by nature. We are selfish and prone to pursue pleasure and gain to the detriment of those around us and even ourselves. Only submission to the authority of the Supreme Creator; only salvation through repentance and faith in His Son, who lived a sinless life, died on our behalf, and rose again; only the aid of the Holy Spirit can cause man to pursue anything higher than self-gratification. We must realize that we are accountable to a holy God, that our sin is repulsive to Him and brings the rightful consequence of eternal separation from Him in hell, but He loves us so much that He sent His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins, and through that sacrifice we can be saved from the punishment we deserve. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 (ESV)
Parents, while you still have school-aged children at home, look around. Behold the consequences of the destructive philosophies our public schools have taught and our culture has rapturously embraced. Think about your beloved children’s eternal futures. Don’t sacrifice their souls in the name of convenience or a higher standard of living. Pull them out of the schools that are JOYOUSLY promoting these ideals as virtues. Teach them Truth. Teach then the Word of God. Don’t expect a few hours at Sunday school, AWANA, or youth group to do it for you. YOU do it – every day!
Grandparents, pray for your grandchildren. Pray for your children as they teach, train, love, and discipline your grandchildren. Encourage your children to be countercultural. When your kids suggest they they are considering homeschooling your grandkids encourage them! Offer to help.
You, look for opportunities to minister to families around you. Come beside single parents and support them as they strive to teach their children the truth. Speak up when you see family, faith, and culture being attacked and undermined – and expect persecution.
There is hope. Apart from God, culture will continue to crumble. Teachers will continue to have inappropriate relationships with students. Sin and destruction will be paraded through the streets as aspirational virtues, and we will continue to suffer the consequences, but Jesus saves! God made each and every one of us for a purpose – to glorify Him! That is the point.
“If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” – Deuteronomy 30:16-20 (ESV)