Am I getting old (34) and out of touch or is there so much stuff that has been aimed at chilren these days that quite frankly is destructive to their moral compass, never mind their spiritual development? The other day during the 6:00pm news a commercial came on for Cialas. They weren't discreet with their presentation either. It sparks a question from my 7 year old, "Dad, what's sexual performance?" Wow, didn't see that one coming.
Beyond the television, a few years ago we had to set limits with my oldest son when all his friends were into Yugioh. Why would we allow our children to be involved in a game that teaches them to call forth spirits through playing cards? By the way, spirit a safe words for demon. I'm sorry, this isn't just innocent fun.
In the recent movie that came out, "The Golden Compass", people in the movie are each assigned what they call daemons that accompany them. When you visit their web-site, a child can have their own daemon (demon) assigned to them. How creepy is that?
This may sound like the ridiculous rantings of a conservative pastor, but should we really be okay with exposing our children to witchcraft in the name of entertainment. The Bible doesn't just discourage this, in the Old Testament any individual found to be involved in these activities were dealt with swiftly and severly. It simply was not to be tolerated (Deuteronomy 18:9-13).
Let me encourage you parent out there, don't be afraid to protect your chldren from any type of influences that are not beneficial to their emotional, physical or spiritual development. It's okay to say no. Even if their friends are all into it, teach your children why it is not okay. You set the standard, you protect them. Beside, sheltering them is not all that bad. The opposite is to willingly and knowingly expose them to harmful influences. Not a good alternative.
Beside, someday it will not just be movies and games. There will be a time when you teenager will want to go on spring break with all their friends to the beach where you know there is binge drinking and sexual promescuity that is not just encouraged, but expected. Don't be their friend. Please, be their parent.
No matter what the age of our kids, parents must set loving boundaries. After all, if we don't who will?