The river meanders, bright and crystal clear, through the valley. And then, one day, a man comes and dumps a bag of trash into it. Oh, well, one bag won’t hurt. It continues flowing, but it now has one bag of disgusting, grimy trash flowing in its depths. And then another man comes with a truck load of trash. And then another. Soon the clear river turns into the town’s dumping grounds and becomes a contaminated, foul flow of water that is no good for anyone. The river, one of the town’s best assets, becomes a liability.
Dare I suggest that this is exactly the same thing that occurs with our children? Why do we allow the minds of our children to be contaminated by the world every day and then expect them to grow up with hearts passionate for God?
-We let TV shows into our homes that go against everything the Bible teaches.
-We allow music on their iPods that goes against everything we believe.
-We let them hang out with worldly friends who teach them dirty jokes and where the best parties are.
-We let them go to movies, school dances, parties, and concerts where God’s name is blasphemed and sin is glorified.
And then we expect them to have a heart for God?
There isn’t any fancy psychology here. It’s just pure, simple logic: Garbage in, garbage out. Don’t let anyone tell you that what you take in doesn’t affect you. It does. And I could give dozens of examples to prove it.
I beg of you, if you love your children and you love God, remove these things from your home. Stand up for your children. I know what the modern day church’s philosophy is on this subject of worldliness and I couldn’t disagree with it more! Don’t let anyone bully you with fancy words and vain philosophies into allowing things in your home that you know God hates. Don’t let your kids talk you into letting them go somewhere that will hurt them spiritually. Your kids are too important.
What does God think? That is the only question that truly matters.
I’ll climb down off my soapbox now! ;)