Sex Robots: why it matters

Oct. 5, 2018 Update: 

Parents, the Sex Robot Brothel in Houston may have been revoked… but here is an article that hits a lot closer to home. There is a shop here in Dallas that rents (and sells) life like female dolls for the purpose of sex. So please be in conversation with your students about purity, marriage, and sex the way God talks about it in Scripture. (See Article below titled “The FAQs: Christians and the Moral Threat of Sex Robots”)
 
Click here for the news article on Sex Robots

Oct. 4, 2018 Original Post:

Parents,

I am sure you have heard on the news about a Canadian company wanting to start a Sex Robot Brothel in Houston, TX. I am also sure that you heard this morning, it got shut down unanimously.

This is an important topic to talk to your children about as it touches upon sexual purity, the purpose of sex, and the marriage relationship. We, in youth ministry, will inevitably talk about it as it is a current issue in society. BUT, we cannot replace you in talking about this important issue so we urge you, parents, to ask your kids what they think, to have this tough conversation, and to continue to have this tough conversation with them. Chances are they are hearing about this in school. They hear a lot more in school than you may think. To give you a hint: some of them have heard about the entirety of the Kavanaugh case from classmates and are developing their own opinions from their friends’ perspectives of these issues. NOTE: they are not developing their opinions by reading or listening to the trial. It is simply by their friends talking about it. 

Parents, our kids need parents who are hands on in their faith – not just where they go to school/college, grades, etc. Our kids need us to stay informed about current issues. They need us to think through these issues biblically. They need us to guide them through these issues using God’s Word – the only absolute truth there is – in a world of relative truth.

Here is an article I have found helpful in understanding the issues:

The FAQS: Christians and the Moral Threat of Sex Robots

New Drug

Parents & SGLs,

I heard about this new way of smoking yesterday morning and I wanted to send you an article about it so that you are informed. It was at Shepton and now, it’s moved to Plano West. I was informed today that kids are calling Juuling “vaping” as well. So they are using the terms interchangeably.
Please be advised that Juuling is more dangerous than vaping. The amount of nicotine in “Juuling” is an entire carton’s worth in one cartridge, making it MORE addictive than cigarettes. Please take a look at this article: https://offspring.lifehacker.com/what-parents-need-to-know-about-juuling-1823376027

Hello parents,

We wanted to keep you up-to-date on some of the dangers that our kids may come across as they become teenagers. Of course, these dangers are not limited to teenagers. Children and adults alike can fall into these dangers so do be aware. There are just a couple of websites I would like for you to have access to so that you can engage in conversations with your children about making wise choices, about being good stewards, etc.

As you click on these websites, please do not freak out at your teens and please do not keep your children away from the world. Freaking out and yelling will not help. We are called to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16) and that only works if we are teaching our children to think and to process through the filter that is God. SO, please do the following:

  1. Engage them about the danger of these things
  2. Go through the process of talking to them – asking them about what they think, whether they have seen/heard of this,
  3. Go through the guiding process of teaching them to make wise choices rooted in God and His Scriptures.
  4. Pray daily (and as many times as they enter your mind) for them – our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 ESV).

It does take effort, but I promise you, parents, the return is great!

  1. Drugs: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/emerging-trends-alerts
    1. This website is a government website. It is updated frequently and, often times, before the new drug hits the news. This link will bring you to the “Emerging Trends and Alerts” page, but there is a menu bar on the side and you can look at all the drugs. This page here has the new drugs that have been out in the recent years. They are cheap and dangerous. Please do take a look.
  2. Social Media: http://www.familyeducation.com/fun/mobile-apps/safety-beyond-facebook-12-social-media-apps-every-parent-should-know-about
    1. Social Media is constantly changing. We will try to keep you posted on it, but this is a helpful website to refer to. They tend to keep up with a lot of the apps that parents need to know about.
  3. Gangs: https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/gang-related-news
    1. This is also a government website. While gangs may feel like it’s a thing of the past, they are very much still present. This website will give you any gang related news divided by state.

We are praying for you and for our teenagers!