700,000 children were abused in 2010, but over 73 million others were not.And while 2.4 million US high school students have had as many as four sex partners (assuming teen male braggadocio isn’t at work here! I have wasted about 3 hours searching fruitlessly for information about the numbers of boys who’ve passed through CSB programs over the past thirty years.I began to feel (somewhat) like a scholar, as well.In general, I became interested in learning—I began regularly to read assigned texts, I showed up for virtually every class, and I took genuine pride in my increasingly solid academic performance.In the end, if our “isms” separate us, even if only in theory, the vast majority of us desires the same things—safe and secure neighborhoods, meaningful occupations, stable families, trusting romantic relationships, the respect of our peers, and so on.I had been trained to think of non--Christians as unredeemed, and therefore inferior.While I attended Christian colleges, it was common for my fellow students and me to debate the issue of Christian service.
In that spirit, I earned my mandatory ½ credit each semester at PJC as a Christian Service Brigade (CSB) volunteer at a local Bible Fellowship Church. According to figures available from the US Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 700,000 children suffered abuse or neglect at the hands of adult family members—the vast majority of them by one or both biological parents—in the United States in 2010. And given that reproduction is one of our prime biological functions (and teen hormones are so difficult to control), I am surprised that more than half of high school students haven’t had sex at least once!Even at the time my main focus often was to earn the mandatory ½ credit while expending as little energy and accepting as little responsibility as possible. Moreover, were any of those young men’s lives positively impacted (even accidentally? Had I not been there from 1979 through 1981, would those boys have become alcoholics? Sexual activity may produce a range of emotional and physical difficulties even when practiced safely.“Bad” choices are bad precisely because they harm human well-being.My point is that most people don’t engage in these potentially harmful behaviors.There are 4.5 million alcoholics in the US, but over 305 million of us are not alcoholics.