How to Raise Pure Kids
Our generation has nothing to look forward to but oblivion. The entailments of this are terrifying drugs, AIDS, suicide, alcoholism, broken homes, terrorism, crime, child pornography, and a host of other symptoms that are heartbreaking. It is a short step from the "exploded" doctrines of the past to the disintegration of hope for the future.
The challenge is before us dads! That is why we are continuing our study of one of the most vital subjects in the world, Growing Dads God's Way! The future of the church, the future of the Christian Home and the future of our nation and world is shaped by the dads in each. What kind of a dad are we going to be?
The Most Dangerous Addiction in the World
What is the best way to deaden your children spiritually? What is the most deadly virus your children could ever be exposed to? Perhaps we should listen to a renowned media expert. Professor Neil Postman of New York University, says that between the ages of six and eighteen, the average child spends some 15,000 to 16,000 hours in front of the TV, whereas he spends only 13,000 hours in school. Postman says that during the first twenty years of an American child's life, he will see some one million commercials, at the rate of about 1,000 per week!
As to television's effects, the results are infamous:
- Shortened attention span. Can't think about God.
- Reduced linguistic powers. Can't talk about God.
- Limited capacity for abstraction. Can't dream about heaven.
- Blur of adulthood and childhood. Can't grow in Christ.
To attract and hold its audience, the TV industry feels it has to parade the taboos of culture: adultery, promiscuity, homosexuality, incest, violence, and sadism. As a result the lowest of activities become commonplace, and even morally cachet.
What does that mean? It means we are headed away from growing godly families if they are being exposed to constant deadly spiritual viruses on TV.
What is God's Method for Growing Us?
Colossians 3:16 "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
Romans 12:1-2 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
How Do We Raise Pure Children?
Let's be blunt: don't say you are committed to Christ unless you are pursuing the mind of Christ! God has a will for your mind, Saturated with the word.
So the goal is the mind of Christ. We need to pray and seek and plan how to promote our and their growth in Christ's Mind!
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