Why wasn’t I surprised that this recent advertisement promoting the newly created ObamaCare encourages promiscuity? I refer to the advertisement shown above where a young girl (obviously unmarried) wonders how she can get her boyfriend ‘under the covers’ now that she has necessary protection guaranteed by her government health care program. How positively gross! How frontally immoral, how obviously ungodly! And this type of public advertisement will only get worse. Who will combat such ungodliness for our teenagers?
Will their friends? I hope your teens have godly friends with moral courage and biblical convictions. Peer encouragement against such ungodliness could happen if teens have a strong Christian family, a good church, and godly teachers, but even then, teens usually need more help than they can give.
Will their public school teachers? Fat chance! With the lenient attitude in public education toward sex education for younger and younger children, such advertisements for teens will, at the least, be tolerated if not, totally accepted.
Will their Christian school teachers? I hope so, but many Christian schools do not adequately vet their teachers morally. Like their secular counterpart, many Christian school teachers may tolerate or even agree with such an ungodly stance.
Will their community leaders? This advertisement comes from a currently government-run healthcare program – ‘nuff said.
Parents are the only resource and defense against such ungodliness.
Let me give several ways a parent might deal with such a problem:
1. Show your teen the advertisement. Don’t worry! They probably have already seen and discussed it with their friends.
2. Talk with them about it. Discuss the assumptions made in the advertisement.
a. You might ask them what does this advertisement assume about sex outside marriage. Discuss their answers. If they don’t say it, point out that this advertisement assumes sex outside of marriage is not only acceptable but desirable as long as protection is available. Point out that the main issue in this advertisement is the availability and legitimacy of protection not the morality of sexual activity outside marriage. Discuss how this assumption violates the biblical moral standard for sexual activity outside marriage.
b. Define fornication (sexual intercourse between two unmarried individuals). Together look up the following verses and interact with any or all of them: Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 10: 13; Galatians 5:19; 24, 25; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 1:7. * (See resources)
c. Use the following verses to interact about the consequences of “living out” such ungodly assumptions.
(1) Romans 6:23 – the wages of sin is death. Death does not only mean the end of life but a meaningless and empty life without God here and now.
(2) I Corinthians 6:18 – fornication is a sin against one’s own body. Loose living causes hideous diseases.
(3) Galatians 5:19 – 21 – fornication is associated with many repulsive and awful sins. Continuing in such ungodly lifestyles has eternal consequences.
(4) Galatians 6:7, 8 – If we sow to the flesh (which this advertisement encourages) we shall reap corruption.
d. Discuss whether the media and the government have the “right” to use such immorality in their advertisements. What does this encouragement of ungodliness say about the morality of our country? Would this advertisement be used fifty years ago? If not, why not?
e. Discuss whether media and the government have a “right” to use their authoritative and public platform as a “bully” pulpit to push their ungodly views. If so, why. If not, why not?
f. Discuss what we can and should do to combat this type of public advertisement.
* For further resources I suggest two books by Josh McDowell:
“Why Wait?” What You Need to Know about Teen Sexuality – Nelson Press
How to Help Your Child Say No to Sexual Pressure – Word Inc.
By Kenneth O. Peterman