I read in the paper a few days ago that a new pamphlet is being published in London entitled “Pleasure.” The goal of the pamphlet is to teach students that “sexual relations can be healthy and pleasurable instead of simply explaining the mechanics of sex and warning about diseases.”
Oh wait . . .here comes more breaking news . . .”Kids do not have to be taught that sin is fun.”
Take a camera out to the middle of the bush in Africa and you will find this is true. You do not have to set up a classroom to teach a child how to be selfish with his things, he loves to be selfish. It’s not necessary to teach a kid that he should love material possessions, they long for them. Even sex does not have to be taught in a pamphlet that is called “Pleasure.”
King David wrote in Psalm 51, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.” The Scriptures teach us numerous times that the sons of Adam are all born with a bent to love sin rather than God. We are all “sheep that have gone astray” and crave “the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions (1 John 2:16). There is not one person on the face of the earth who was not born this way.
What really needs to be taught to our kids is that the pleasures of this world are nothing compared to the pleasures of God.
The prodigal son had to figure this out the hard way when he ran away from his homeland to squander his inheritance on parties and possessions. He thought that there was true pleasure found somewhere far from his father. Somewhere where sex is said to be “pleasurable.” He believed all the lies that the world had told him until he woke up with a hangover, lying in pig slop.
That’s the moment that we need to pray for our children. We need to pray that they wake up from the empty pleasures that the world has tried to get them drunk on, and they need to be overwhelmed by the mercy, grace and good gifts of God found in the gospel.
Don’t waste your time teaching foolish lessons on the sins of this world. They have been scholars since birth. What we need is to teach them the truth that David knew about his God, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).