Research into condom distribution programs has yielded some intriguing results and has left some with bewildered thoughts.
Two Notre Dame Economists looked into these programs which began back in the 1990s and have revealed that distributing condoms increased teen fertility rates. Their study specifically narrowed in on teen exposure to these programs and excludes consideration of oral contraceptives (the Pill) and the effects of long-acting reversible contraceptives or LARCs.
The first logical conclusion is this: handing out condoms to teenage boys and girls is akin to parents giving them the keys to the liquor cabinet and saying “have a drink on me!” Some may disagree on this but the obvious point in this story is that sex is happening and it is happening at increasingly higher numbers year on end.
The over-sexualized culture, increase of porn availability, and condom distribution all play into man’s sinful nature. Enticements abound in everything from the lady’s magazines in the supermarket checkout lines to the video games with scantily clad women.
One need look no further back in the 90’s (consequently the decade from which the numbers were pulled) to Friends where sex is treated as casually as coffee with a buddy…I mean pal. Not only is the culture over-sexualized – it’s under valuing sex on the whole.
This elicits multiple factors with condom distribution:
- People want to have sex
- People are constantly enticed with sex
- People are given a protection (the invincibility complex) from the perceived negative impact of sex via contraception (i.e. sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancies)
- People are told that it’s no big deal
Passing out contraceptives creates a perfect storm by playing into desires of young people creating over confidence to those who are active; it’s the invincibility complex. Children are not equipped to deal with the potential consequences of their actions. This is why we send kids off to war at age 18 – they think they are coming back.*
Think texting and driving. Do teenagers understand the potential end result when it comes to being a distracted driver? Do they make the connection with condom distribution?
So it is with sex. Sex is great when exercised Biblically but the passing out of condoms like candy demeans the deep spiritual and prized value of the act. Children do not see the deep emotional impact the sin of fornication causes to young women or the objectification of women it teaches men. And why would they? Let’s take a look at the curriculum in public schools which teaches this.
Is there any education that committing this sin is against our own bodies and against Christ directly?
Let’s unpack this a moment. Marriage in the Bible is defined between one man and one woman and occurs when a man leaves his father and mother and is joined with his wife – and they become one flesh (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:4-5). Becoming “one flesh” is the sexual union which occurs and joins a man and a woman in marriage.
When engaging in sex before marriage, you have moved beyond mere dating or courting; beyond holding hands or sharing kisses.
If one engages in multiple acts of becoming one flesh with multiple partners the purpose of the covenant in marriage is trampled upon. This world system has brought out the utter self-centered nature possessed from birth. As Christians we must understand that “he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him…do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,’ 1 Corinthians 6:17,19.
Indeed we are not our own. We are one with Christ and sexual immorality defames the name of Jesus as we drag Him through the sin with us.
What does this have to do with unbelievers? Though they aren’t one with Christ, the principle is still the same; leaving, cleaving and becoming one flesh are still the Biblical qualifications of marriage. God recognizes this and holds unsaved couples to the same covenant keeping standard as Christians.
Except for homosexual “unions” – that isn’t marriage at all.
*quote was taken from “Aftermath with William Shatner” Season 1 Episode 03 Mary Kay Letourneau