Sometimes Christian based homeschooling isn’t enough. Sometimes Sunday school, youth groups, or attending church aren’t enough either. Sometimes it’s wise for parents to call for reinforcements. It can be beneficial to seek other options for the hard topics. And one of the most difficult topics, we as parents have to face with our teens is “purity”.
The little time we spend in discussion of keeping oneself pure is not much compared to all the sources pouring impurity into our youths – books, movies, TV, the internet, magazines, fashion, music and more. We parents can so easily be viewed as “old fashioned” and our instruction not relevant for today.
E17 went to “The Silver Ring Thing”. This is a national event tour. The speakers are young and hip. The bands are popular and fun. But the important thing is they dare their audience to defy cultural norms. They speak out in truth about dating, love, faith, and sex. These folks are our reinforcements and I’m so glad to have them on our side in this cultural war.
Now when E17 is faced with tough choices about life and love she will have more to base her decisions on than just what mom said or a Scripture verse from a youth group lesson. Now, she has something more, she has this Silver Ring Thing to reinforce her beliefs and values. And I’m relieved.
Here is the Bible verse theme from Silver Ring Thing:
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 The Message (MSG)
4 1-3 One final word, friends. We ask you—urge is more like it—that you keep on doing what we told you to do to please God, not in a dogged religious plod, but in a living, spirited dance. You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus. God wants you to live a pure life.
Keep yourselves from sexual promiscuity.
4-5 Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God.
And here’s the link to the Silver Ring Thing Promo:
B.J., I’m so glad we went. I did not finally convince my 16-year-old son & his 14-year-old girlfriend to let me buy them rings until the crew was packing up everything & taking the tables down! She kept saying she had a purity ring already somewhere at home, but had lost it. He kept saying he didn’t need a ring to prove or remind him of his convictions & besides, “guys just don’t wear rings.” I told them they could have matching rings & just wear them when they were together. He said if I got him one he would keep it in his pocket or maybe wear it on a chain around his neck. I asked what was he going to do about a wedding ring someday? He said he didn’t want one. Finally, literally at the last possible moment, they decided they wanted me to buy them the rings. To bring this little story to a close, I saw them in church today holding hands & admiring their rings side by side. When he came in from working up at the shop later, he had his ring on his finger. I said you know you can take that off while you’re working if you want. He shocked me with the reply that he really liked the look & feel of it. And he held out his hand & said, “It means something, Mom.” And he smiled. I think, hope, & pray the guys & gals with the Silver Ring Thing spoke a message into their hearts that I’m not so sure I was doing successfully. God bless them & their mission & thanks to you for sharing info about them with others in your blog. 🙂
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