In response to Ready…Steady…Don’t shoot

Reader provides response to guest columnist article about abstinence-only program

I am writing in response to the Opinion piece written by guest columnist Amelia Naismith entitled “Ready…steady…don’t shoot.”

Ms. Naismith suggests that an abstinence-only program that teaches no sexual relations until marriage is “laughable.” But in my role, as youth pastor in earlier years, and now as a pastor I have discovered many consequences of a lifestyle of not abstaining that are certainly not laughable. Sexually transmitted infections are not laughable. A pregnancy when you are a teenager is not laughable. While a condom may address these first two, there are other far more common consequences, which our standard sexual education does not take into account. Shame is not laughable. Regret is not laughable. A broken heart and deep mistrust of people is not laughable.

A wise friend and senior leader in our community recently said to me, “The prescription must match the description.” His meaning was, our prescribed answers for life must match our description of life. If man is nothing more than another animal that should answer every urge immediately, then abstinence is not the answer. However, if we believe mankind has been intentionally designed and created for eternal purpose by a complex and loving God, or at the very least we believe man is intelligent enough to recognize harmful behavior, perhaps we should give attention to educating people in a way that doesn’t leave our world so screwed up. Perhaps we should pay attention to what God says about the matter when it comes to our sexuality.

I agree that sexual education is important. Unfortunately, the average parent has resigned their privilege and responsibility to educate their children in the importance of purity in their sexuality, and turned sex-ed over to our government and school system. Fear of answering awkward questions has created a void that makes society ripe for brokenness. We are caught in a vicious downward cycle. The current trend will not reverse the course. Nothing is more sacred than sex. Nothing creates greater intimacy between a man and wife. Unfortunately, nothing can more deeply wound or scar a person than the sort of lifestyle Ms. Naismith suggests should be the norm in society. The mistrusting, broken world we live in full of regret and shame would indeed confirm this.

Pastor Rob McArthur

 

Just Posted

Country Gardens owner Carmen Sim invited to international horticultural show

Located between Ponoka and Bashaw, the greenhouse owner is taking in a lifetime trip

PHOTOS: Ice racing at Mulhurst Bay at Pigeon Lake

Results of the ice racing event at Pigeon Lake

Maskwacis RCMP lay charges from home invasion

Four charged in alleged invasion using knives and gun on Samson Cree Nation - three injured

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ponoka Airport taxiway improvement costs overrun

The $328,000 project increased to $359,000, gravel cited as main reason for the increase

WATCH: Ponoka residents enjoy first skate on ice path

A community initiative helped create a skate path for families in Ponoka.

Liberals quietly tap experts to write new paternity leave rules

Ideas include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec

Insurers say Canadian weather getting hotter, wetter and weirder

Average number of days with heavy rain or snow across Canada has been outside norm since spring 2013

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Most Read