Wednesday, July 15, 2009
What About The Children
Titus 2:3-5 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Lately, my heart has been heavy for the children, more specifically the teenagers (teenage girls), in this generation. They are faced with so much adversity. I know there is nothing new under the sun and the things they experience are what we experienced as teens. But, you must admit, they face things on a completely different level these days. Some things used to be more private. You'd hear about teen pregnancy here and there. And, although sex is an obvious issue that truly needs to be addressed, it's not the only thing that's pulling them away from God. Today, I was examine the entertainment industry- more specifically, television/movies.
Our girls are being exposed to some serious demonic activity; especially in one of the most popular forms of entertainment: movies! The movies that are now out are so demonic, it's sickening. Just yesterday I went to our apartment office building to rent a movie for the family and more than half of the movies there are demonic ones. Movies like "Unborn" filled the shelves. I thought, "Goodness, no wonder our kids are acting out. No wonder they have anger issues, are disrespectful and may even turn to the psychic hot lines to see if Jimmy or John is cheating on them or not.
Look at the types of things they are watching." There's a movie called "The Orphan" that's out and every time that commercial comes on, I quickly change it. It just repulses my spirit. And I don't even want to mention the movie "Drag me to Hell". Are you kidding me? Why would anyone even say that? I even heard how Transformers even has more cussing and sex scenes than the previous one. That's a turn off for me- and I enjoyed the first Transformers. My point is, these are the movies our teens are going to check out.
Turn it on BET or MTV and you'll find reality shows that display's behavior that's far from Christ-like behavior. Not only are their shows that may make your teen question their sexuality, but they are now openly promoting promiscuity. I won't even go there about the music video's they show. Can we say open door to pornography? And, I wonder, how many girls are watching "Tiny and Toya". What type of example are they setting for our daughters? What happened to us keeping our children safe? What happened to us keeping our children guarded from certain shows and certain songs and teaching them how to respect themselves and others?
When I was a teenager, my parents did not want us to watch certain television shows. A rated "R" movie was out of the question. And, if adult company was there to visit my parents, we came in to speak "Good evening" and then we trotted right back into our rooms. We didn't hang with adults. My parents were serious about that. My point is, we were children and had no business in adult conversation. I don't see this happening anymore. Parents, it seems, are much more lenient with their children. They can watch whatever they want. They have their own cell phones, iPods, laptops and can stay on them as long as they want. And, what's interesting is that the kids are so advanced with these things, the parents probably have no idea how to do a "check" on them. Are we being too loose with our children? Do they have too much freedom?
I was looking at The View yesterday and Barbara Walters talked about the new movie Bruno. Now, just looking at the previews for that movie, you can tell it's NOT for children. It looks nasty (and corny I might add). But, Barbara went to see the movie and was grossly disappointed. She explained some of the sexually explicit scenes in that movie. And, to her surprise, teens were in there watching it. Why in the world would you take your child, or allow them to go see, a movie like that???? I mean, some of the scenes she talked about were so nasty. I mean, come on.
Believers and followers of Christ, we need to step up. We really need to be a light to our children. They need us and they need boundaries. If they don't hear it from us, regularly, then they will think they can do whatever they want- and they will. Children are truly precious blessings from the Lord and they are all our responsibility. We need to set the right examples for them. That's the only way they'll know the way.
The just man walks in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7
Ladies, if we want our children to be blessed, we need to be the women who walk in integrity. We need to be the women who walk and live by the Word. We need to be Titus Women. They'll be blessed by our examples of virtuosity!
I pray that the Lord speaks to us all about how we can provide the best examples for our children. If we don't give them the proper examples, they will look to the world... and we all know what will happen if we let the world raise them. This is what we don't want.
Below is a song by Yolanda Adams called "What About The Children". I pray the lyrics to this song will encourage you to grab a teen by the hand.
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