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.