"My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent."(NKJV) Proverbs 1:10
We live in a time when our young people are under tremendous pressures from their peers and from the world’s multi-billion dollar advertising industry. They have so many conflicting messages from those who are either ignorant and/or don’t have an intact conscience. It matters very little as both will have the same outcome to young people.
It seems that nearly every product advertised is done through some form of sex appeal. The problem is a major one and it isn’t getting better. In fact, it is getting worst with each passing year. And to be an equal opportunity blame sharer, sex is seen on T.V., written into music, and practiced without the benefit of marriage! This practice leads to innocent children being born without much of a chance in life. When children have children the results is generally drastic! I am not even touching the hem of the garment concerning the high abortion rate which, incidentally, continues to climb yearly.
Some parents are too busy to properly train their children for whatever reason. Most young parents aren’t even ready to have and train children and these innocent babies end up bearing the consequences. Many of these pregnant teens don’t have a clue as to the identity of the biological father! This ought to make the hairs on one’s head stand on end! But, remember, many of these youngsters are practicing a “learned” behavior. They see their parents’ lack of self-control therefore the message passed on is that “if it’s good enough for my parents, it must be good enough for me!”
Our young people must be taught that sex isn’t the only way to “prove their love” to another person. In Proverbs 1:10, Solomon said, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” If anyone forces or pressures you into doing the wrong thing, you can follow Joshua in Joshua 24:15, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods of your fathers which were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” This wisdom can be applied to any bad situation! Remember, doing the right thing is never, ever out of season! And just because you are told that everyone is doing these things simply means that many people are doing the wrong things. The blind leading the blind causes their followers to also fall into the gutter. The prophet Moses stated, “You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.” (Exodus 23:2; Matt. 7:13, 14).
And last, but certainly not least, God has a reason for forbidding sex apart from marriage. If someone claims that another could show their love by engaging in premarital sex, just turn the table on them by telling them if they loved you, they wouldn’t place you in that predicament! (I Cor. 9:27).