When I first saw porn at a sleepover around age 11, I didn’t even consider talking with my parents about it – I hid. I was so ashamed. I probably feared I’d get in trouble. I was thinking as most children would who’ve never talked about sexual topics with their parents. I didn’t think they’d understand or have empathy. I felt very alone, afraid, yet curious about what I’d seen and how it made me feel. Can you relate to this experience?
In our last post, we invited you to consider the various influences […]
Several months ago I presented my Allies talk to a group of parents. I met one of the attendees a couple of weeks later. She thanked me for coming and told me that on the way home that night she and her husband each shared some things from their past related to sex that they’d never told anyone before. She was grateful for the ways my words had opened the door for that conversation and paved the way for many more.
Sexuality is a central and integral part of being human. […]
I’m on a journey with God along a road that is not well traveled. While I’ve found other organizations with a mission similar to TrueNorth’s, I often feel like a pioneer plotting a path for current and future generations of Christians. I pray that through our work you’ll better understand and live out your sacred, God-given sexuality and lead your kids to do the same.
Many of you know that my calling began through witnessing extreme brokenness in the women I served while working in anti-trafficking in Atlanta. I realized that Christians, in general, knew very little about sexuality […]
When I was a young girl, the sexual revolution in America was in full swing. Playboy magazine was launched in the early 1950s, and within a couple of decades, it ushered Americans (and in many ways the world) into new and skewed ways of thinking about sexuality that continue to this day. I’ve never known a world without sexual images and destructive sexual ideology. But the sexual messages I internalized in the past do not begin to compare with what I now know of God’s covenantal love for us displayed within our sexuality.
Children come into the world as sexual beings, but they have no concept of what it means to be a sexual being. Obviously a toddler or a child isn’t physically or emotionally mature enough for sex, but kids are born with sexual body parts and can experience sexual type feelings. One couple shared the story of their young son who began covering his penis when he changed clothes in the same room with his sister. When his parents asked him why he did this, he said, “It pops up when it sees a girl!”
A few years ago, God led me to step away from anti-trafficking work and focus on issues related to sexuality and the Christian Church. At the time, porn use was the main culprit I saw, and I was well aware of how destructive it could be for men, women, and children. But since then God has shown me that in a broken world no one is exempt from the forces of evil working to destroy or cast doubt on God’s amazing design for sex and sexuality. He’s also shown me that all of us are sexually broken, that […]