Before we watch a family movie, I go online to check language, scenes, and themes. Most of the time, I find great advice, but I have learned not to rely solely on the opinion of others to make right choices for my family. A phrase, an attitude, even some slight disrespect might be missed or dismissed by someone else.
One of the biggest detriment to our kids is a media that dubs behavior as “normal” that the Scriptures declare as sin. Your job as a parent is to keep the gate locked and the fence high.
My daughter reads every book before her children are allowed to read it. Yes, it takes hours. We laugh sometimes when she tells me “I was up all night reading about talking horses and watching super-heroes.” She and her husband take turns “pre-watching” family movies, and I am super vigilant to have the remote ready to fast forward when the grands sleepover. They learned the word “inappropriate” early on and fully understand that it is about biblical principle rather than just their age.
It’s a lot of work and often hard to stand against what “everybody else” is doing. Some language and images bounce into our children’s minds through the internet, friends, music, and even commercials or movie previews without asking our permission. It’s worth the time you put in.
Because mom or dad “said so” will eventually lose its power when peers challenge your kids. We pray as the Apostle Paul did for our loved ones to be filled with the knowledge of His will. (Col 1:9) There are many verses that tell us in black and white exactly what that is. Below are just a few:
Be very careful, then, how you live– not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Pray for an interest in learning, joy in serving, courage to make a stand for right things; not following the crowd, but living by God’s Word and instruction.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Pray for a good attitude, especially in times of adversity, challenge, or disappointment.
God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 1 Thessalonians 4:3
Pray for strength against sexual temptation and for a strong passion to stay morally pure in His name.
It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you. 1 Peter 2:15
Pray against bullying or intimidation by peers; for your child to be a courageous Christ follower.
And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Pray for a servant’s heart; honesty; integrity; character; ability to love the unlovely.
TODAY: As you read these verses and others, you will be drawn to pray and claim specific verses for each child. Write them in your journal with the child’s name either in the verse or next to it. If you expect God’s Word to do a work in their lives and in your own, they will catch that excitement and believe it also.