The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22-23 NRSV

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

1 in 4?

Here's what you need to know, according to the New York Times Article detailing Centers for Disease Control findings: Overall, one in four girls aged 14 to 19 has an sexually transmitted disease, most commonly human pampiloma virus (HPV). And 15 percent of those infected have more than one of the diseases. For African American girls, the rate of infection is 1 in 2.

What are we going to do? How are we going to give our young people the information that gives them a hope of remaining safe? How are we as a community going to confront the crisis of dangerous sexual behavior among our young people?

Does the church have anything useful to say about any of this? Does our government? \

5 comments:

TalentedTenth said...

What are we going to do? How are we going to give our young people the information that gives them a hope of remaining safe? How are we as a community going to confront the crisis of dangerous sexual behavior among our young people?

Does the church have anything useful to say about any of this? Does our government?



1) adults (whether they be parents or not) need to develop the skills to have open and honest discussion about the topic. not an easy conversation for either side, but VERY much needed.

2) understand that such activity at that age often has a much deeper root cause. seek that out in the conversation.

3) the church in some respects is in denial. they think that saying "thou shall not..." will suffice for these young people. i think the church needs to wake up a bit first. and some of its members need to remember they were once teenagers that had similar emotions (and stop acting so self-righteous).

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