HomeWord is a ministry that I have a passion for…not only because host/leader Dr. Jim Burns is a OLD friend of mine, but because HomeWord attempts to do what others don't…encourage families, marriages, and parents (youth workers and pastors too) in living God-honoring lives. I've done some writing and teaching for HomeWord in the past…so yes, I may be a bit biased. But Jim is the real deal…he loves God, loves people, loves families and is passionate about telling the truth about what he observes in today's culture and how we can respond in manners that would glorify the Lord and build up our families and marriages in the process. This week, Jim posted a letter through an "email blast"…yes, it was partly for fund-raising purposes…but it also reveals a truth about what is going on culturally that many people (especially "church-oriented" folks) don't have a clue is going on. I would challenge you to read what Jim writes – how you are led to respond is your call. Personally, supporting HomeWord is a good investment if you are seeking ways to give unto the Lord in a manner where every dollar has impact potential. But that really is your call and up to the leading of the Spirit…rather, read and learn. I personally vouch for his "research" in this article…I have a copy of the document from Planned Parenthood that he quotes…it is all verifiable. Normally, I wouldn't be a person who would be seen as an "alarmist"…but THIS is worth sounding an alarm. So, take a peak…if you feel led to comment, please do!
Dear HomeWord Friend,
I expect you will be as shocked as I was at a new partnership with Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts of America. I’ve never started a letter to you by saying “this is a very important letter,” but I hope you will find the time to read it and help in some way.
I am deeply concerned and saddened that a wonderful organization like the Girl Scouts of America has joined forces with Planned Parenthood to promote sexual promiscuity. Girl Scout Councils nationwide are conducting “educational events” and distributing a 20-page Planned Parenthood booklet to these lovely young girl scouts entitled Healthy, Happy and Hot. I downloaded the booklet and want to give you a few quotes directly from the booklet sitting on my desk.
“Sex can be really great and can be really fun! …There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself. It’s your body. You choose what you do, when you do it, and how and with whom.” (Page 7)
“Some people choose to have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice.” (Page 12)
I’m not making this stuff up!
“Your local family planning clinic can help you create a plan – whether it is for having children safely, preventing or terminating unplanned pregnancies, or figuring out how to start a family if you are single or in a same-sex relationship.” (Page 13)
“You should find out whether there are any centers near to you where you can go WITHOUT NEEDING THE PERMISSION OF YOUR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.” (Page 16)
I have just 4 words to respond, “Are you kidding me?”
There are a lot of things that bother me about this approach to teaching our children in America a very promiscuous style of sex education. But here is where I will protest just a little…
• Planned Parenthood’s budget is over $1 billion dollars a year. $1 billion dollars! …HomeWord can help a million kids make God-honoring right decisions about their sexuality for less than 25 cents a kid.
• This Planned Parenthood booklet suggests that young people should do things behind their parents’ back… HomeWord promotes that the best and most effective sex education comes from the home.
• Planned Parenthood continually writes it’s your choice… HomeWord wants to help kids make choices that honor God and bring less baggage into future relationships.
• Planned Parenthood says purity is obsolete…HomeWord is challenging one million kids to commit to the Purity Code: In honor of God, my family and my future spouse; I commit to sexual purity.
I could go on and on.
The “other side” is well funded and well established. Yet, even though they get government support their views are not the primary views of the Judeo Christian society. “Our side” has the materials, but we are underfunded and need people to get on board financially and prayerfully. What can you do?
1. Pray for this generation of kids and families. There really is a battle out there!
2. Support HomeWord’s efforts to promote healthy God-honoring sexuality.
3. Make sure you teach your own kids and grandkids the truth about healthy sexuality and use resources like the Pure Foundations Campaign materials.
Please don’t ignore what the other side is doing to convince kids that sexual purity is obsolete. Please don’t think even a small gift won’t help.
HomeWord has a sense of urgency with an unprecedented opportunity to bring the message of sexual purity to 200,000 churches. We will equip parents to teach their children healthy sexuality through books, tapes, videos and small group curriculum. The materials are beautifully done and God-honoring for all ages. The message will be integrated into our radio broadcasts, seminars, and a brand new web site to be unveiled in less than a month. The materials are ready and the plan is in place. You can help us take the Purity Code to one million kids in the United States and then around the world. It has already been translated into Spanish.