By Trace Embry
To do a child justice in the eyes of God today the parenting paradigm must radically change.
Christian parents need to start getting comfortable with the fact that they are going to have to look like stone-cold, right-wing Bible-thumping fundamentalist nut-cases in the eyes of their kids, their kids’ friends, their own friends, neighbors, relatives, school teachers, and half the church!
Mom and dad look like the oddballs, because it seems the entire nation has a different worldview than them.
In today’s culture it feels so good to do whatever you want when you want to do it—especially when you’re a kid with an under-developed brain that gives you an under-developed sense of judgment!
This isn’t 1959 anymore. This isn’t even 1989 anymore! Our cultural declension would be bad enough if its poison wasn’t piped into our homes through a myriad of different media options. When Christian parents are battling their kids, they are battling the culture as well.
Are Media’s Advancements Harming Us?
When cars were first coming into their own at the turn of the last century, how many injuries and deaths had to occur because of this technological advancement before we realized we needed things like paved roads, turn signals, stop signs, traffic lights, drivers licenses, seat belts, center-lines, brake lights—the list could go on forever.
Safety measures and/or regulatory sanctions have not caught up with what is truly needed for our world’s technological advancements.
Fast forward to today, technology is moving a lot faster. Parents can’t wait on the government to put restrictions and effective safety precautions on today’s technology. We parents will have to take the initiative if we don’t want to create Frankensteins out of our kids.
Empirical evidence is the secularists’ only evidence. I wonder how they discredit dreams or ideas. I guess mental, emotional, and spiritual harm has yet to be discovered by the intelligentsia as a problem—even though millions of kids across the nation are harming themselves “physically,” and killing themselves as a result. I guess these things aren’t empirical enough. And parents have been slowly seduced over time, like the frog in the water pot, to accept much of what is poisoning our kids through media—and us, for that matter.
What are some ways that you can provide your family with boundaries in media usage?