Author: Lori Carter
Satan uses a lot of different tools to draw our attention away from being good Christians. He uses our emotions such as sadness, sorrow, anger, resentment, bitterness, hurt, and depression to fog our minds with negativity. He uses physical means such as poverty, illness and disease to enhance and play upon our emotions. He is busy, busy trying his best to draw attention from God to pleasures of the world, and he does this through many different methods, including the technology that we have today.
Richard said something the other day that made a lot of sense. “It’s hard to think positive thoughts when you are already predisposed to negative thoughts.” Sadly, this happens a lot during the formative years of childhood. When parents should be raising their children to recognize the goodness in life, they are, instead, exposing them to the negative. It also happens when the parents are bombarded with all the negativity that Satan tries to throw at them, and he does this on a continuous basis.
These children grow up listening to their parents argue, fight or disagree. They are exposed to their bad habits of smoking, drinking, doing drugs, and mishandling finances. They hear them complain on a daily basis about the problems in their life without hearing them give thankfulness for the good. They are raised with technological babysitters like TV’s, video games, cell phones, and computers.
When they should be going on family outings, to church, to libraries, or just outside to play, they are told to go play a game, watch a movie, go on the computer, or call a friend. It is understandable that the parents may be over stressed, tired, or over worked, but that is because of the decisions they have made in their life. It is because they have mixed up their priorities.
The sad part of this is what the child learns from these electronic, technical babysitters. They learn that material possessions are more important than anything else. They learn about alcohol from commercials, how it can make you feel, how it can make people like you more, how you can become more popular because you drink a certain brand.
They learn that you can’t fit in unless you have the latest video games, the latest iPad, iPod, cell phone, laptop or tablet. They come to believe that they have to wear $200.00 shoes and $70.00 pants to be appreciated and liked by their friends, and they can become very bitter, resentful and angry when the parents refuse or cannot afford to get them these things.
Even in families that are not plagued by bad habits like alcohol and drugs, the parents can be neglectful of the child’s emotional, moral and spiritual needs by filling up time with too many chores, too much work and too many self-indulgences. Instead of going to Church together on Sundays, Dad wants to go fishing or play golf.Instead of going to Bible study on Wednesday, Mom needs her “girl’s night out”.
Instead of bonding with the kids in a fun way, mom wants to be on Facebook, while dad is working overtime to get that new boat or those new golf clubs or is out in the garage working on a project. The family is separated. Separation of the family pleases the devil.
Maybe it’s time for parents, and yes, some grandparents and guardians to step back and take a good look at how they are raising their children. Giving them everything they want, whatever money can buy, will not make then responsible, morally strong adults. Taking away the electronic babysitters, exposing them to the Christian belief system, introducing them to Christian families with children their own age, and most importantly of all, spending time with them, without the interference of the outside world, bonding with them, will help get them on the right path to being the “faithful” and “responsible” generation this world needs.
Turn off the TV, turn off the computer, turn off your phones, tune out the world and spend time together enjoying and learning about the world the God really intended on us to enjoy.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”