Tonight I speak to a few hundred middle school kids about sex at an event at a church near Chicago called The Naked Truth.
I’m really proud of this church for addressing this subject so candidly with families, a subject that is often hushed by the church. I’m excited to share the explicit truth with these young people, especially in a culture where they hear so many explicit lies.
Here’s the intro to my talk:
Our culture creates a lot of confusion about sex. When we read our Bible or go to church, we hear how God’s design is to wait for sex and save that kind of intimacy for marriage. But when we turn on the TV or listen to many of the songs on our favorite playlists… they say quite the opposite. Naturally, this makes many of us wonder. Who is right?
That’s what we’re going to examine in the next hour. We’re going to embark on a journey to discover The Naked Truth.
Truth. Think about that for a second. If I asked any of you, “Do you want to know the truth?” Instinctively, you’d probably all answer, “Yes.” I mean… who wants to be lied to, right? But ask yourself, Do you really want to know the truth? Because, sadly, pleasure often wins out over truth. Let me say that another way: many people choose the temporary thrill over what they know is best for them in the long run. That’s what often happens “in the moment.” People act foolishly when they act impulsively.
So here, removed from the pressures and temptations of the situation, in a few moments of introspection, we’re going to look at what’s truly best for us. We’re going to set momentary pleasure aside and examine the truth about sex.
Specifically, I want to address the two most common questions I hear from young believers today about sex:
- SHOULD I WAIT?
- CAN I WAIT?
Let’s address each of these questions…