How Families should Respond to the Sexual Revolution

Al Mohler began his talk last night by reading from the book of Ephesians: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17, NKJV). 

We should not look to this world to raise our children. We shouldn’t look to the world to give us any assistance to raise our children. He explains that during the time that when he grew up, people believed it to be relatively good. He did not grow up believing that he grew up in an adversarial culture. 

What was before the Sexual Revolution?

It wasn’t a world without sin, sexual deviation, adultery, or fornication. But, it was a world where people knew what those terms meant. People knew what marriage meant according to the Bible. There was completely different understanding of marriage, family, and gender. 

When did it happen?

The Sexual Revolution can be traced back in the late 19th and early 20 centuries. You can’t have a revolution without a decline in the belief of the God of the Bible. 

How does it begin? Much of it can be traced to higher education and the arts. Teachers pass ideas to their students. The ideas gradually become more mainstream. 

For instance, if you control the law school, you control the Supreme Court. Also, popular culture fuels this as well. 

What were some of the signposts of the Sexual Revolution? 

  1. Birth control and contraception. You couldn’t have a Sexual Revolution until you could break the bond between sex and procreation. Until the 1920s, not one church affirmed the morality of birth control. Abortion, birth control, and court decisions soon paved the way to change this.  
  2. The invention of adolescence. This allowed for individuals to avoid adult responsibilities and duties. There was physical capacity without moral responsibility.  
  3. Divorce. During the 1950s, it was almost impossible to get a divorce. You had to prove in court, a breaking of the marital covenant. You couldn’t get out of a marriage because a lack of love. Now, individuals can get a divorce for any reason and without obtaining the consent of their spouse. 
  4. Feminism. Feminists advocated the idea that marriage itself is oppressive. They argued that the marital bond was a form of sexual assault itself and that the limitation of sex to marriage privileged men. 
  5. Gay Rights Revolution. No society had ever legitimized it. No society had ever defined marriage as being between individuals of the same gender. 
  6. The denial of that there are different genders. The argument that biology doesn’t matter. Ontology (reality) trumps autonomy (I claim that I am the lord of my own existence).   

How do you raise children in the midst of this time? It takes “thick Christianity.” “Thin” is superficial, “thick” is substantial. Only “thick: arguments survive to a second generation. 

A little bit of Christianity will not survive in your churches or be passed down to your children. It will take a comprehensive biblical theology, hearts, souls, and minds submissive to Christ that trust in the authority of Scripture. 

What are three important things to teach our children?

Creation Order

We must begin with a biblical theology. In Creation, an order is revealed that is not only for the glory of God but the flourishing of mankind. Violating that order is never right – in every case, it is wrong. If our children are not grounded in the reality of the Creation order, they will not be faithful in resisting the Sexual Revolution. In the very beginning of Scripture, we learn that there is male and female. The Sexual Revolution is a denial of the Creation order. 

New Covenant Theology

We must understand the Gospel. If we view it as partial atonement, it is a wrong and destructive way of thinking. We have to focus on regeneration. We shouldn’t expect unsaved persons to hold to a biblical morality. 

Means of Grace

The preaching of the Word of God and the ordinances of the Church. The fellowship of believers. These are all incredibly important for families. The most important transition for children is when they leave your home. The most urgent issue is where will they now go to church? The chain is most often broken at that point. If a child leaves the home and doesn’t go to a church, it is extremely unlikely that that broken chain will be ever relinked. 

Dr. Mohler closed by stating that raising our children in the midst of the Sexual Revolution is unavoidable and it is not going to go away. We as Christians must understand that the Sexual Revolution didn’t begin in the Supreme Court or in Hollywood. 

It began in the human heart. The only remedy is Christ. 

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