Two thirteen year old girls are having a sleepover. They decide to grab their masks, walk to the makeup store a few blocks away, and scan the pieces of makeup on the shelves. They see products with names that make their eyebrows raise.
• The Naked Palette
• Perversion Mascara
• Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red
• “The Stripper” Nail Polish remover
Knowing their mothers wouldn’t want them buying items with such names, these little 13 year old girls decide to head back home so they can watch their favorite show on Nickelodeon. They, being so innocent, don’t understand the innuendos that are in the show and they think the character’s revealing clothing is beautiful.
Eventually, they decide to watch a movie… not just any movie, a PG-13 movie! Since they were born just over a decade ago, that means they are old enough to be exposed to the adultery and promiscuity that these movies have to offer, right? Kids who are learning about concepts like fractions and percentages in school – and whose brain won’t even be fully developed for another 12 years – are old enough to understand the relational, physical, and emotional complexities that come with acts that are meant for married couples, right? It’s just entertainment… right?
It doesn’t matter anyway, they just went through Sex Ed class in school, so they’re FULLY educated on this topic. But instead of their teachers advising these children to wait, to save themselves until they’re married, their teachers go into elaborate details about intimacy and counsel their students to give into their temptations – to simply “be smart” about protecting themselves. What the school system fails to do for these 13 year old girls, however, is give them guidance on protecting their hearts, minds, purity and innocence.
Once their movie is over, these little girls decide to listen to some of the most popular songs of 2020, their favorite being “Break My Heart” by Dua Lipa.
They sing along, not even reflecting on the words they’re singing.
“I wonder when you go, if I stay on your mind
Two can play that game, but you win me every time
Everyone before you was a waste of time
Yeah, you got me
Center of attention
You know you can get whatever you want from me
Whenever you want it, baby”
We wonder why it seems like kids today are acting and looking like they’re 25 when they are just out of elementary school. It’s because they’re victims of society’s twisted and distorted perception of ‘romance.’ Society doesn’t give children the chance to be children. They’re exposed to promiscuity before they experience their first love or even their first crush.
I wonder when we went from being a culture that holds fast to the Word of God, who prioritized prayer in schools and looked down on sin and reckless behavior, to a society that romanticizes, glorifies, and promotes lust? How can a society like that set little girls up for anything but failure? When did we go from encouraging dwelling on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8) to encouraging sexual immorality, idolatry, adultery, and wrongdoing (1 Corinthians 6:9)?
Anxiety and depression are on the rise because our respect for the Word of God is on the decline. We must protect our children. We must direct them on the right path (Proverbs 22:6), because the world wants to direct them down a path of evil and torment.
Written by Erin C: Erin served for four years as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She loves encouraging women through her Victory Calls and finds such joy in praying for her sisters in Christ. Her favorite activities include reading her Bible, encouraging others with scripture, spending time with her precious nieces, shopping, and eating at the Cheesecake Factory… In that order!