Wednesday, June 8, 2022

protect your kids

Our kids are under attack, and it seems like we're just going along with it. I don't mean from violence like the recent school shooting that devastated a community and has left so many families reeling. Things like that are obvious, and we have no issue taking a stand against them. We may not know exactly what we need to do, but we all agree that it is something we can't tolerate.

What I'm talking about is something more subtle. What I'm talking about is a battle for the souls of our children, and it's a battle the enemy seems to be fighting with no resistance from those of us who are supposed to the protectors.

When was the last time you watched something that promoted traditional, Christian values? Something that didn't show "alternative" lifestyles or people hopping into bed with each other as things that are totally normal and acceptable? Or maybe the more important question, when was the last time you stopped watching a tv show or movie with your kids because it promoted something you believe is wrong?

We as parents are failing our children. We are handing them over to the world, letting their values and character be determined by people who don't just disagree with our views, but think our values are outdated, hateful, and bigoted. We are giving them to a world that holds "Drag the Kids to Pride" events (as a word of warning, that link goes to disturbing content). We are handing them over to a world that tells them biology doesn't matter, that there's no distinction between men and women (while at the same time telling them men are evil and dangerous by nature and that all women should be believed... and telling them that they should "trust the science"). We are relinquishing them to a world that says there is nothing wrong with killing babies right up to the moment of birth. We are letting a world that hates God determine what our kids see as right and wrong.

The world says:

  • truth doesn't matter
  • everyone should just do whatever makes them happy
  • that you are being "literally violent" if you don't call a man pretending to be a woman by his "preferred pronouns"
  • religion should stay out of politics
  • you only become a human with rights once you leave the womb
  • sex is part of everyday interactions
  • self-expression is one of the most important things
  • kids should be taught about "sexual identity" at school, starting as young as possible
  • social justice and equity should be the focus
Parents, we can't just go along with the world. We can't give our kids over to a worldly belief that being happy here and now is what matters most. Instead, we have to refocus on what matters. We have to remember that Jesus once told the disciples,
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin,
it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck,
and he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
(Matthew 18:6)

It is our job to protect our kids. It's our job to raise them up to be the men and women God wants them to be, and that's not an easy task in a world doing everything it can to turn them away from Him. Because that's the whole battle, isn't it? Like James warned,
"Don’t you know that making friends with this corrupt world order
is open aggression toward God?
So anyone who aligns with this bogus world system
is declaring war against the one true God."
(James 4:4)
The world is set against God. That means we're fighting an enemy that doesn't play fair, which is something we lose sight of. As parents, we need to be as "shrewd as serpents" when it comes to protecting our kids. We don't need to shield them from all the horrors of this world--we need to teach them God's truth so they will have the strength to stand against the arrows the enemy hurls at them. We need to teach them what God says to combat what the world says:
 Stop letting the world tell your kids what's right and wrong. Stop letting the world determine their values. Speak up when they see something that contradicts God's word. Tell them the truth, even when it isn't popular. Teach them to make the hard decisions.

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