Most kids get freaked out by tales of the Boogyman, the creature from the bog, the witch in Hansel and Gretel… or the Slenderman. (I had to say it, I had no choice) I did too, don’t get me wrong, but nothing was quite so terrifying as the Pied Piper.
Somehow the idea of this random guy that showed up out of nowhere, promising to fix all of a society’s problems, only to end up absconding with all of the children, who followed him willingly to their doom has really, really stuck with me as one of the most terrifying stories ever. I’m dead serious. Weird, I know.
Wait, what was that I heard about the youth vote being THE. DECIDING. FACTOR. in the elections yesterday? As Winnie the Pooh would say, “Oh, bother.”
Christians, what does Paul say about the Old Testament Scriptures? That it, being God-breathed, is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, right? Then why have we forgotten this:
[Moses said to the assembly:] “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”
– Deuteronomy 6:4-7
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
– Proverbs 22:6
When our youth can vote guilt-free for a man who openly and aggressively promotes abortion of all forms, and same-sex “marriage” as a healthy alternative lifestyle, is this not a sign that they have been, well, lead astray? And who bears the brunt of the responsibility for allowing that to happen, I have to wonder?
It might be time to challenge the government school model of educating our children (as Doug Wilson points out in what was cited in my last post) while we still have that option available to us. Or, at the very least, skip an hour of useless prime-time TV every night and instead read the Bible together, talk about it, have a family Bible-study or something, and if you don’t feel equipped to lead one, find one to attend or get yourself a good study-Bible. Get involved with the kids, and cultivate a relationship that is such that when questions and doubts about their faith arise, they feel completely comfortable coming to you for information and for council.
If every Christian parent did this, maybe the cultural shift 20 years from now can undo what is now being done. And even if not (and it is not the most important thing anyway), your time and attention now may keep them from the fire then.