Think about everything your kids are exposed to in the media, school, from their friends, and the culture at large. You can probably think of quite a few negative things you wish they hadn’t been exposed to, but there’s an underlying link to them all. Youth pastors, Christian teachers, and parents are all in the business of trying to help kids understand the world around them; their role is also to help kids filter through the negative messages of the world to see truth more clearly.
Cameron Cole, founder of Rooted Ministry, has written an article titled “The Number One Lie the World Tells Our Kids” at rootedministry.com. He credits The ESPY Awards and Keeping Up with the Kardashians for helping to identify the culminating ethic of today’s secular world.
In July 2015 ESPN awarded Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner) the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, for the transition to womanhood. A few months later an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians depicted a grieving Kris Kardashian Jenner as she and her daughter Kim went through old clothes of Jenner’s to remember Bruce before the transition and to try to embrace the new person of Caitlyn, describes Cole. Cole comments that while Jenner’s actions embodied secular society’s goals of “staying true to yourself” and “following your heart” there was also a violation of family bonds, of a family losing a husband and father.
“When ESPN bestowed on Jenner the highest of all their awards, the message was clear: human autonomy and individualism stand above all other virtues in modern society,” states Cole.
Individualism trumps all other virtues and values in today’s culture. Cole rightly points out that the abortion industry and pro-choice movement thrive on these secular values, and one could also say that human euthanasia / assisted suicide is following quickly in these footsteps. The same goes for polyamorous marriages, adult relationships with minors, incest and so on. Where will the line be drawn? I think the answer is that the line will continue to grow more and more dim. Our post-modern culture says in the simplest of terms that you can write your own story. And not only should you write your own story, you should be proud of it.
The number one lie, born out of Western society’s morals and ethics, that the world tells our kids is: “Be true to yourself.”
Cole lists these philosophical tenets that stem from this lie- Check them out here: http://www.christianheadlines.com/trending/the-1-lie-your-kids-are-learning-from-the-world.html