Today’s culture is sex-driven. There are not many who would deny that.
As a youth pastor, I feel like I get a front row seat to the results of this sex-driven culture. However, as I watch and listen, I find the adult conversation the most intriguing. It’s amazing to me that so many parents will talk about a teens responsibility to avoid sexual temptations, yet it’s the parent’s generation who is allowing this ramp-up of sex-crazed culture.
Granted, it may not be outwardly through their social interactions, but all adults make choices every day that influence the culture their kids will grow up in. Every time the television is turned on, a movie is watched or a magazine is purchase; a choice is being made.
For example, many of my students (and their parents) feel like I’m being a stick in the mud when I avoid popular television shows like Scrubs, That 70’s Show or Family Guy.
Last year, I had to abandon one of my favourite television programs, The Office, because the writers moved from quality inter-office humour to predominately sex-based jokes and mediocrity. At the time I hated it, but I had to make a choice. Obviously, after the fact, I’m glad I did.
As far as movies go, I consistently look for the words nudity or sexual content on the movie-poster or on the back of the DVD. If it appears, no matter how great the reviews are, I just can’t justify watching it. There’s really no choice in my mind.
I was in sales before I was a youth pastor. I know that every dollar I spend though out my day-to-day life, sends a message to the powers that be. The economic monster in Western culture will truly determine what takes place in the future.
I want to be a successful youth pastor, but more importantly a successful parent. Each and every day, I need to carefully note that every dollar I spend on even mild sexual content; I am perpetuating and further creating our sex-driven culture.
Thankfully, there are artists like P4CM Official Poet Janette…ikz standing as role-models for young girls, promoting the value and benefits the “Waiting” can have.
How have we added to our sex-driven culture?