Michelle Malkin directs us to an excerpt from Smut: A Sex-Industry Insider (and Concerned Father) Says Enough is Enough by Gil Reavill, posted at NRO. Mr. Reavill is fed up with the constant, indiscriminate, public airing of sexual content that makes it impossible to protect children. When I read this, I was reminded of something from Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place.
When Corrie was a young child, her class at school read a poem with a section that “described ‘a young man whose face was not shadowed by sexsin’.” Corrie asked her mother what this meant, but this being the turn of the century, such matters were not publicly discussed, and Corrie’s mother merely blushed.
Corrie later went on the train with her father to Amsterdam. Her father was the proprieter of a shop that sold and repaired clocks and watches. He went to Amsterdam regularly to buy watches and parts.
During the return trip, Corrie turned to her father and asked, “Father, what is sexsin?”
Her father didn’t answer at first. After a long silence, he stood up and pulled his heavy traveling case filled with watches and parts and set it on the floor. He turned to Corrie and asked, “Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?”
Corrie tried, and finally had to admit to her father that it was too heavy for her to carry. Her father then said:
“Yes. And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
Corrie then writes: “And I was satisfied. More than satisfied—wonderfully at peace. There were answers to this and all my hard questions—for now I was content to leave them in my father’s keeping.”
If only we could all be as wise as Corrie Ten Boom’s father.