Do to Them as You Please

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Do Not Hinder Them (Child Rearing)


I was having coffee with a friend who said something I thought was elegant in its efficiency and vulgar in its insightful godliness.

We were discussing the influence of having a television on regularly in a house.  There are ads, there are attitudes and there are glorifications of evil, none of which do I want my children to know or to be enticed by.  But the force of the culture and the attempt to make a generation be what the advertising giants need my children to be in order to keep the giants growing is not subtle, and it isn’t invitational.  The power of suggestion is so frequent and ubiquitous that such power should not be called enticement, it is violation.  It isn’t meant to get my children to know the sellers, it is the other way around.  The sellers want to get my children.  And me.

Well here is what Will C. said,

Our culture is like Sodom and Gomorrah.  They are knocking at the door saying, “Send us out your children that we may know them.”

There is no room for us to raise children in a way that says to the culture, as Lot said of his daughters, “Let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please.”

Some of us need to choose better programming.  Some of us need to wait till later to watch responsibly on our own.  Some of us need to throw out our televisions.

In Genesis 19, the house is the location and boundary of safety and proper godly guarding of the family.  If we have homes (families) then we are responsible as guardians.  The television is NOT our life.  Our CHILDREN are our responsibility.  If they are learning something other than how to love Yhwh, then something has to change.

May God strengthen us to be like his angels in Geneis 19.  We must reach outside, drag those in danger into the house, and shut the door.

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3 Responses to Do to Them as You Please

  1. David Welch says:

    Good post. Thanks Luke. It’s been really good this year to learn that tv really isn’t important, not that Elliott’s ever watched much. But It’s definitely easier to love your family when you actually spend time with them… ya know!

  2. Isaac Gould says:

    . . . and torment your righteous soul over the lawless deeds you see and hear as you live among them day by day.

    • saintluke says:

      Abraham committed adultery with Hagar and he was “righteous.” Jephthah either sacrificed or sent up to temple his daughter. And he was righteous. David committed adultery with Bathsheba and he was a man after God’s own heart.

      Obviously calling a man righteous doesn’t mean he always gets it, or always avoids his flesh.

      I think we affirm that Lot was tormented by the sexual perversion of his town, but he was not all that good as a parent. The contrast is with the angels who themselves go to Lot and make sure that his daughters are safe:

      12Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Sons-in-law, sons,

        daughters

      , or anyone you have in the city, bring them out of the place. 13For we are about to destroy this place…..morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up!

        Take your wife and your two daughters

      who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.” 16But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.

      See my current posts on Rahab [Shut the Door].

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