Statement of Sexual Ethics

Christ says that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. At Paideia, this motivates everything we do. Christ is the Way we should walk, the Truth we should believe, and the Life that we should live.

As our American culture moves farther away from this path, this belief, and this existence, it is ever more crucial to teach our children the paideia of the Lord. In order to create a school culture that worships God and walks faithfully in His teachings, it is important to demarcate who we are and who we are not. It is important to outline what the truth is and what the truth is not. It is important to affirm how we should live and how we should not live.

To protect the Christ-centered culture our school is striving for, the Board of Directors has drawn up a Sexual Ethics Policy that we ask all of our staff and parents to sign. This policy affirms the orthodox Christian understanding of marriage and sexuality. It is also a document designed to assist in legally protecting our school.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this topic. I would be happy to discuss it with you.

In His Service,

David Spears, Head of School

 

Sexual Ethics Policy

Because Paideia exists to serve Christ’s body, the Church, by training Christian children to live their lives as acts of worship and to assist Christian parents in their responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, every action we take must be governed by the standard of God’s Word, the Bible (as understood and interpreted by the Paideia Board of Directors).

We believe and teach that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe and teach that the term marriage has only one meaning, the uniting of one man and one woman in a single exclusive union as is delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe and teach that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and woman who are married to each other (I Cor. 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb. 13:14). We believe and teach that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of marriage.

We believe and teach that any form of sexual immorality including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; I Cor 6:9-10).

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Paideia and to provide biblical role models to families and students, it is imperative that all persons employed by Paideia in any capacity, all persons who serve as volunteers, all parents who enroll their children, and all students enrolled at Paideia agree to and abide by this statement on marriage, gender, and sexuality (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; I Thess 5:22).

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; I Cor. 6:9-11).

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Paideia.