Pornography. Hormones. Peer pressure. These things make the mama-bear within me roar. Do I wrap my son in bubble wrap and never let him out of the house? Do I build high walls around him and keep the world out? Do I protect him or prepare him?
The fear-driven response is to surround our sons with walls of “thou shalt nots.” Yet, we shouldn’t set boundaries out of fear. We present the wrong view of sex by pursuing the fear-driven response. This sets up our sons for failure. There is another way, though.
Another option is the God-driven response, which sets our sons up for success. They need God’s truth to navigate the minefields on their journey into manhood. The God-given response guides them, provides grace and mercy when they fall, and models a life of purity.
Here 8 tools we can give our sons: