By Hannah Kuhn
News and Features Editor
At their first chapel, students were informed of the series for the spring semester.
In the past, topics such as disciplines of faith, sacraments and God’s love have made regular appearances.
This semester, however, the Rev. Scott Peterson takes a step of faith and talks about what some have called “taboo” in the church, the subject of human sexuality.
“Everyone else is talking about it, but the church isn’t stepping up. We live in a sexual age,” Peterson said, indicating part of the motivation for choosing such a heated topic of discussion.
He anticipates some controversy but still believes that it’s time the church took a stand.
He hopes that students understand that “sexuality is bigger and broader than the act.”
“We are all sexual beings,” Peterson said. “God created us in that way. There is a way to express sexuality appropriately and to live in appropriate boundaries.
“We need to rejoice in being sexual beings and have a healthy respect for each other. We need to rejoice in who we are and not live under a dark cloud.”
Many students have expressed a sense of relief in hearing the topic in a safe environment.
The topic is discussed everywhere else but the church, and not all students receive adequate information and instruction in their homes.
Sophomore Rachel Palmer thinks that “it;s a great idea to talk about sex in chapel this semester because I’m sure it’ll clarify things for some people who might not have been raised in a way that they were able to learn about it so freely as they can now.”
This generation is aware that they are not being given everything they need to deal with the topic.
It feels like parents and leaders will give them information on all other topics except what is probably the biggest this generation faces.
“It’s something the church doesn’t want to usually talk about because it’s ‘dirty,’ and I think it needs to be discussed. Speaking from experience, some people lose their way because they get caught up in the pressures of the world outside,” explained sophomore music education major Crystal Calder.
“Not only is the church not giving usual information about sex, but it is lacking significantly in advice,” Calder said.
“I think you can never get too much advice from a Christian viewpoint on the topic of human sexuality,” said junior psychology and sociology major Megan Nueslein.
“It’s a huge issue in our lives and especially in our culture, so I say why not face it head on? It’s better to have the issue out in the open and learn about how God views sex, and how it was meant to be, than to keep quiet about it and have a bunch of confused young adults.
“Giving a Christian education on human sexuality in chapel is one of the best ideas this campus could have.”
Sophomore pastoral ministries major Colby Layton summed it up by saying, “Some high schools don’t teach you anything about it, and very few churches will touch the subject with a 10-foot pole. So students are left on their own. The church has done a huge disservice by not talking about this more because if the church isn’t teaching it, then the hormone-attacked teenagers and young adults will learn from somewhere, if not the church, then from the world.
“And that’s never good when talking about any subject; when the world’s view is substituted for the church’s view because the church doesn’t want to take a stand on it. The saying ‘If you don’t stand for anything, you will fall for anything’ comes to mind.
“If the church does not supply something to stand on, then the youth will fall for anything the world throws at us for merely the lack of knowledge of how to correctly handle the situation.”
Ultimately Peterson’s goals are to create an atmosphere of genuine conversation on human sexuality.
“[The campus] needs respect, trust and honest and authentic discussion to gain a sense of appropriate boundaries,” said Peterson.