Today my daughter and I went to see the movie “Juno”. I was a bit apprehensive about watching this movie with a fifteen-year-old – a “comedy” about teen pregnancy just doesn’t seem right. However, better with me than without me, right?
While this movie may not have made a loud social statement, I have to tell you that it was a good movie. Well written, well acted and real. I don’t think I’d have my daughter going off to see it with a group of her friends, but going with your teen could open a door for a conversation that we have – actually – had before. The doors could be:
1. You CAN get pregnant the first time you have sex.
2. Peers will not always understand.
3. Guys aren’t always jerks, but they aren’t always involved either.
4. The girl carries the brunt of the consequences.
5. Inutero babies DO have fingernails.
6. Pro-lifers DO NOT have to be made to look like idiots.
7. Abortion is NOT the only option.
Although I heard one talk radio jockey say that he heard (leaving the theatre) some teens saying it looked “cool” to have a baby, I don’t think the average teen girl would feel that way. The movie does “wrap up” at the end, but it doesn’t really wrap up all neat and sweet. Without spoiling the movie, let me just say this young lady, while being “brave”, does truly feel consequences to her pregnancy.
Here’s the bottom line. Teen sex happens. And, in our society, it is rewarded with free passes to college and other government handouts. And it is not just the lost. Professing teens are getting pregnant too. While abstinence is what believers all pray for – and teach – our children, we need to be ready to discuss how the world turns. It is a good way to impress on them God’s way is the best way.
That’s my two cents worth.