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Mixed Messages About Touchy Situations

Kendall Jenner’s recent rise to fame as a supermodel has been marked by her Victoria’s Secret runway shows and sexy cover shoots. The TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians frequently shows Kendall as a popular teen idol. As she attracts more fans (and millions of Instagram followers), her image as sultry starlet grows.

Perhaps this is why the media has latched onto a recent story of Kendall as a kid trying to get her first kiss. On her blog, she told a tale about herself as a nervous fifth grader scheming to kiss her crush.

The reality star remembers inviting the boy over for a game of Truth or Dare. She tried to get him alone to kiss him, but her little sister, Kylie, kept spying on them and saying they were being shady. Kendall and her crush finally locked themselves in the bathroom for the smooching session.

The media picked up this story as a sweet snapshot of the star, scheming for her first young kiss before entering the world of boyfriends, lingerie shows, and sexy photo shoots.
 
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. The story of Kendall Jenner’s first kiss has been retweeted and shared worldwide. What do you think about it? Is it innocent? Is there any harm in ten-year-olds kissing?
  2. The world teaches that sexual experimentation will make you feel more empowered, more normal, and more accepted. Think about these ideas in the spiritual realm. Can you spot any lies?
  3. We know that God says to wait until marriage for sex, but what about kissing? Read Matthew 5:28; Romans 8:5–8; and 1 Corinthians 6:16–18. Based on these Bible verses, what does God caution about physical relationships before marriage? What kind of “touchy” situations can kissing lead to?
  4. What do you think about the wisdom of the saying “You can never go back to holding hands”? Sexual relationships are almost always progressive—you and your partner will want to go further every time. What’s the problem about this if you plan to save sex for marriage? What should your relationship be based on, if not solely physical attraction?
  5. God gives you the command of having sex only with your spouse because He loves you and knows what is best for your relationships, health, and emotional and spiritual well-being. Now talk even further about what this looks like in your life. What are some guardrails you can establish for touchy situations before you might encounter them and before things go too far? How do these boundaries honor God’s plan for your sexuality?

As you talk to your kids about God’s design for their sexuality, look to our Learning about Sex resource page. You’ll find videos that broach the hard-to-talk-about-topics, information on our Learning about Sex series, and insightful blog posts.  

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