Last week, the Tennessee Senate passed a bill that would forbid public school teachers and students in grades K-8 from discussing the fact that some people are gay.
What’s your reaction? How should our schools public and private deal with the subject of human sexuality, and in particular homosexuality?
In September of 1995, the Presidency and the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day issued a proclamation titled, The Family, A Proclamation to the World”. This document succinctly declared to the world the Church’s teaching regarding the sacred family unit and the role of parents and children.
In a society which has become ever increasingly permissive and freely calls “evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20), we need people of high character to stand up for that which is right and good; not only by man’s standards but also by God’s declared standards.
Teaching sexuality and purity begins in the home and should be discussed often and openly between loving and caring parents and their children. The Church’s leadership firmly stated: “We..solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children. All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny.
Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World; September 23, 1995)
This statement clearly indicates the Lord’s teaching of heterosexual relationships, anything contrary to this whether accepted by society or not, is wrong. When sexuality is taught in public schools, it should be based on heterosexual relationships with the importance of marriage being taught. Private schools would be free to teach sexuality in whatever form they deem to be acceptable based on their tenants.
I am grateful for elected officials who have the courage to stand for that which is right and is the basic fiber for which our country was founded. The Proclamation further states: “We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God’s eternal plan. The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan.
Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities.” (ibid)
In my mind, I can envision men of similar moral character as they framed the principles of our great nation who believed firmly in the sanctity of marriage and honored the divine role of man and woman. Let us be firm in the Biblical teachings of the role of man and woman whether that teaching is done in the home or at school. The Proclamation did come with a prophetic warning which we are seeing fulfilled today:
“We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.
“We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” (ibid)
Let us hold to sacred truths and teach our children correct principles.