How Are We Surprised At What Happens When We Let Our Children View/Do What They View/Do?

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Articles, Politics, Religion
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Genesis 18:19   For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” 

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. 

Isaiah 54:13  All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Proverbs 29:15  The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. 

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

It has been said that the Sandy Hook elementary mass killer Ryan Lanza stayed locked up for hours at a time playing violent video games and numerous studies show though a common pig can discern that these games are detrimental to the mental development of our children and many of which if viewed in the prism of the word of God contains demonically, spiritual components. 

Statistically many of these same studies report that 97% of 12 to 17 year old kids play violent video games everyday yet knowing this few people have the stomach to tell their children “no” to these games nor do politicians have the stomach to face off with video game manufacturers nor their clientel (parents from all persuasions be it socio-economic, racial, cultural, political, etc.) because there is little to no political gain and they have no clue that this is one of the best mediums along with the filth and violence that is streamed via TV and the internet that satan utilizes to capture the minds of both adults and children alike. 

Sure politicians and the “holier than thou” and “know everything” media/”Hollywood-ites” (and sadly many in church leadership) will bloviate, posture, complain, etc., but the truth is that we Christians are some of the main culprits in allowing these instruments of the enemy’s message into our homes and I know this because being a youth leader I know what many of our children in “the church” (around the world) are allowed to listen to, play, or view. 

No judgment here just the facts so we should not be surprised that if the enemy is speaking to our children through these games telling them that killing is okay, that sex before marriage is okay (on TV and games and on purportedly “children” or “family” channels no less) that they in their impressionable youth would not at least experiment with the activity that they spend so much time with. 

I have actually had many brothers and sisters in-the-Lord get highly upset with me because I choose not to listen to much of today’s pop-cultural music (including all types) thinking that I am judging them when I just make a conscious choice not to allow the enemy access to my grey matter and it is hard enough to try to get through the day without listening to secular music but we are exposed to all manners of the enemy’s message without even trying so why should it be an affront to anyone if I just try to dampen that exposure the best that I can so that I can hear God’s message? (Though I must admit that it does pain me to see a parent, much like I used to do, listen to or watch videos of often profane, drug hyping, sexually explicit, character destroying music with their children sitting with them right there) 

The Bible teaches me not to judge others in that way so I don’t so why am I being judged by “Christians” (I expect this from the world) just because I don’t listen nor desire to listen to what they listen to. 

Remember, this is coming from a former “rapper” who now if he writes a verse chooses to only recognize God while respecting other’s right to listen to or watch anything that they feel comfortable in their Spirit of doing (again, to each his own as I recognize the fact that what I watch and listen to may offend them in some way).

If we think that MTV, BET, VH1, the video game industry, the internet, the music industry (sadly even some of the “Christian” outlets”) have the responsibility to shield our children from the enemies (satan’s) message we are sadly mistaken because this is OUR (parents/leaders) job and most assuredly we may be in for a big surprise when we face Jesus for I’m sure that we (His word tells us so) are going to be held to account for what we have done in this realm in how we’ve raised our children to include what we allowed into their eye and ear gate and since I’ll have enough to answer for I try not to add to it by filling any of our youth’s minds with filth if I can help it (and I find that this is a moving target and the standard get’s higher the closer I walk with Christ BTW). 

We all as we grow in Christ discard things that are unnecessary for our spiritual growth as we learn to discern this truth from God’s Holy Spirit and this includes all manner of media and “edu-tainment” that can be found in the world today. 

However, the enemy knows the sensory realities that accompany the human person being that he himself is an original creation of God so he knows how to grasp our attention so that we have trouble discerning the will of God in our lives which often leads to our very downfall, destruction, and finally if not corrected death. 

Further, what better way to accomplish his (the devil’s) task than to capture our imagination in our youth (which forms many patterns of thought later in life) with today’s entertainment choices and the sad part is that many parents (often Christian) are the ones that purchase or provide the access to this material by either acquiring it for them or through negligence in monitoring of or saying no to entertainment choices that proliferate the enemy’s message and this I know for I was egregious in this with my children in my life before Christ which is the reason that I don’t judge but try to educate as best as I can led by God’s Spirit.

Lastly, the crux of what I’m trying to say is that we should not be surprised by the rise in pregnancy rates, the increased demonic violence, the rise in un-Godliness, the increased violence in our schools, or anything else that is un-Godly when God has been banished from even being mentioned in much of our society today and these messages are the most prominet today throughout our choices of entertainment. 

God is always willing to enter and show us how to rightly deal with the issues that beset our society but is so much of a gentleman that He will never intrude without the permission of the “free-moral” beings that He created with so much love and care. 

Let’s all turn to Him today (I know I will) and ask Him to raise our level of discernment in judging the things that we allow to be set before our children’s eyes and ears (and ours as well for we are their first example) so that we can better help in aligning their (and again ours as well) hearts up with God’s word which while maybe persecutable to today’s society is the only true way to the One who is, who has authored, and is the only One that can bring peace that surpasses all understanding. 

Be blessed and know that I love you and that we are stronger together as a strand than as a single thread as said in His word! 

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

 

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