Many people are still under the mistaken impression that we live in a Christian society – if not in practice at least in inclination with respect to morality and world view. We don’t.
The article in the National Post; “Toronto teacher who posted graphic safe sex posters meant for gay bars back in the classroom” illustrates my point. The article describes the posters; “The material — which was in the classroom since October — was produced by AIDS Committee Toronto, with a headline that read ‘If you like to f—,’ followed by tips for safe sex. The poster also included a section on ‘How to use your head when giving it,’ complete with fellatio instructions and a photo of a man’s partially exposed buttocks.” Initially, the School Board put the teacher on ‘home assignment’ (does this mean ‘stay home’ with pay?) when the existence of the graphic ‘sex-ed’ posters in the classroom became known. Later the School Board reviewed the incident and re-instated the teacher back into the classroom.
The unsettling aspect of the whole story is the reaction of the parents and students; “Following news of Mr. Vroom’s removal earlier this month, more than 100 parents, students and alumni gathered at the school to demand the teacher’s reinstatement. Students wore t-shirts in support of the teacher and circulated a petition calling for his return.” If you go and look at the posters (the links are in the article – warning one is very visually graphic), the attitude of the parents is truly surprising. What parent would want this kind of material in a grade 7 and 8 classroom?
The article describes a parent’s view point; “Eric Mackey, whose children attend Delta Alternative, said he was aware of the posters long before a Sun News report alerted the school board. ‘If you want to talk to a 12-year-old, or a 13-year-old … then talk to them about real stuff,’ Mr. Mackey told the Post earlier this month. ‘Use the word f—. Use the word ‘blowjob.’ That’s what they’re talking about.’ ”
Apparently at least more than 100 other parents were ‘OK with’ their children being exposed to this kind of material. As a matter of fact the posters were placed as a response to a parental survey; “Mr. Mackey said parent input led to the posters in the classroom. A survey sent home at the beginning of the school year asked parents to list ‘hot topics’ they hoped would be covered by their child’s education. Mr. Mackey said ‘high-risk behaviour,’ like sex and drug use, was among the most popular responses.”
Is this is the kind of society we now live in? A society that teaches zero tolerance for God’s Word and asks for sex posters for their kids in the classroom. Today, every Christian parent needs to think carefully about sending their children into such environments. Some Christian parents argue that we need to let our children get used to their surrounding culture. This makes sense but does the argument still have merit when the prevailing classroom environment becomes spiritually unsafe for Christian children? We wouldn’t send our young kids into any place that was physically unsafe!
God tells us; “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 11:18,19) And Jesus warns us; “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.” (Mark 9:42)
Given the number of incidents that are occurring in public schools with greater frequency it has become my conviction that Christian parents, pastors and churches need to address the need for the spiritual safety of their children or answer to God for their failure to do so.