Welcome to the New World. Today’s children are exposed to 24 hour 7 day a week news and entertainment. It no longer matters if you don’t have a television in your home, there is a constant bombardment of news and entertainment through the internet, easily seen on most hand-held electronics. What can a parent do to “safeguard” our children from unwanted news stories or agendas?
This past week, we saw laws put into place to allow a traditional standard for marriage to be altered. It is EVERYWHERE. As Christians, we hold the Bible as the absolute moral standard. The scriptures about homosexuality are being repeated by all who oppose same sex marriage, and rainbow filtered pictures are being used by those that support it.
You can’t seem to get away from the issue at this point.
As parents, we need to be careful about how much “news” our kids are exposed to. Images are always going to be part of the story, no matter what the story is this week. There have been times (like this week) when I have completely avoided news simply because of the imagery. I have done this many times over the years. We can’t expect to shield our kids from everything we find objectionable, but we can use some common sense. In 2001, on 9/11, I remember the imagery that was played over, and over, the shock of it still has not worn off for me. My oldest, at that time, was 5 yrs old, and he had two younger siblings. The youngest doesn’t really remember it very much, she was not quite 3 at the time. But the 4 and 5 yr old remember it well. I remember being in shock about it to the point that I watched the news constantly for days afterward. If I could go back and do things differently, I certainly would. I would have turned the disturbing images off.
I honestly am not surprised about the Supreme Court ruling this week. But this world isn’t my home. Neither is it my children’s home. Our children will grow up in a world where Biblical right will be considered wrong, and what the world views as right will be Biblically wrong. This should come as no surprise, friends. 2 Timothy 3 is pretty clear about the condition of humanity in the days before Christ’s return. Verse 13 tells us it will get worse.
While we can’t keep our children, especially very young children, from seeing things we disagree with, what we can do is to teach them. Teach them to love people the way Jesus loves us. It goes against everything Jesus taught us if we hate or despise any group of people. 1 John 3:15 tells us that,”Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” We have to be careful what we say and how we act in front of our children. We must stand for Biblical truth, and part of that truth is to reach for and win the lost. There is victory over EVERY kind of sin, but how will the sinner ever come to know Christ if they think we hate them? Let’s teach our children to have a burden for souls, to reach those that don’t know Jesus and the victory over ALL manner of sin! We need to stop treating one sin as being worse than another sin! Lying, dishonesty, adultery, fornication (of any kind) are all sins….and without the power of God in our lives, we are all hopeless. I do not “support” same sex marriage any more than I “support” any of the other sins in the Bible. When speaking of homosexuality, one verse that has been repeated over and over has been Romans 1:26-27. We need to remember the rest of that chapter, teach it to our children, and practice it in our lives. We need to be laborers in the field of harvest. In doing so, we can teach our children more than what is sin and what is not, we will be teaching them the “cause of Christ”
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”