Monday, February 15, 2010
The Birds and the Bees
Well, we haven't had "the talk" with our girls yet, so here I am teaching sex education to the women attending Moffat Bible College. The first session encompassed female and male anatomy and sexual response. The next section focuses on contraception and the last session on sexually transmitted disease. In total I hope to provide 4-5 hours of education and answer questions.
While preparing these topics I came across several interesting quotes. Perhaps my favorite comes from Wheaton Alumni Billy Graham, "Sex is the most wonderful thing on this earth, as long as God is in it. When the Devil gets in it, it's the most terrible thing on this earth." The devil has certainly gotten into sex in Kenya. The average age of intercourse (per my Kenyan Medical Officers) is around 11. Mothers teach their daughters "how to handle it when he's unfaithful" rather than that a husband should be faithful. Sexually transmitted diseases are rampant. Teen pregnancy rates are high. Commercial sex workers are available only a few kilometers from the hospital. And before we get righteous, the numbers for the United States aren't much better (and in some areas worse).
Why teach sex education to the future pastors of Kenya? Well, they asked, but I also believe the church needs to talk about sex. Because God did make sex a very good thing, but intended for a specific context. And what better place, than the church, to call people to holiness and the avoidance of sexual immorality. Also, there are too many children, women and men who have suffered sexual abuse and the pastors need to understand how that can effect other relationships and show compassion towards those suffering.