Posted by: pastortomvabeach | October 23, 2018

Thought For The Week October 28, 2018

This week the annual fall celebration of Halloween comes around. For many it is a time to break out the scary masks, create haunted houses, and hang skeletons (hopefully fake) in their front yards. I choose a more benign approach and try to bless kids with lots of candy.

On October 8, Larry Tomczak, who for over 45 years has trained leaders and planted dozens of churches here and around the world, wrote a commentary that, for me, is scarier than any zombie or creature from the black lagoon. I want to share some of his article with you. The title is: 3 Ways Kids Are Being Pushed To Try Perverse Sex. Here’s some of it.

“Three days ago a young father approached me and told me that a 10-year-old neighbor boy was caught recently having full sexual relations with a 6-year-old girl. You say, ‘That’s hard to believe!’ That’s exactly what I said. How is it possible that young children and teenagers are increasingly engaging in sexual experimentation? What’s behind this and, as responsible fathers and mothers, what can we do to protect our young ones?

“It’s time to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ regarding today’s increasing moral decline pointing to our desperate need for national repentance and a third Great Awakening in America. A Twitter user asked CNN’s Chris Cuomo, ‘What do you tell a 12-year-old girl who doesn’t want to see [male genitalia] in the locker room?’ He responded that her ‘overprotective father should teach her tolerance.’ A mother OK’s her older teens viewing A Star is Born, remembering the classic love story with Judy Garland’s inspirational singing. Shockingly, she later discovers the remake stars bisexual Lady Gaga, graphic nudity, over 100 profanities, repeated fornication, drag queens and suicide (per Plugged In movie reviews).

“Scripture prioritizes the training of our sons and daughters. Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, and the years of your life will be many … Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not go in the way of evil men. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and pass on (Proverbs 4:10;14-15). Our solemn responsibility as parents in a culture obsessed with sexual promiscuity and perversion is to be vigilant. Godly parents are gate-keepers of the greenhouse our children are nurtured in until the time they are ready to stand strong on their own….Mothers and fathers are primarily responsible under God for their children’s welfare. But today we need to rally all the support we can from God-fearing grandparents, like-minded Christian friends and a genuine church community.

“Raising four children of our own and now supplementing our seven grandchildren’s training…my wife and I pray for them daily; involve ourselves in their lives; and, try to cultivate strong bonds of friendship and communication….sharing discreetly, age-appropriate episodes from our lives that reinforce parental training in avoidance of potential evil. We don’t need to expose our children to evil but should help them understand the consequences of evil.

“Every parent and grandparent should drill into their children’s little heads these three maxims of life; maybe post them on your refrigerator: 1. Life is a series of choices. 2. Choices bring consequences. 3. Choices determine destiny.

“In today’s post-Christian era, there are three primary spheres where children are either directly or subtly receiving unbiblical messages on sex. We must be watchmen on the wall (Ezekiel 33:6) and shield our impressionable ones from the enemy’s schemes and provide them with wholesome, creative alternatives.

“1. Music: whether from the radio, smartphone, or TV, lots of today’s pop music features promiscuity, sensuality and homosexuality. USA Today recently celebrated gay-affirming artists they called the ‘first crop of musicians who are openly called to pave the way for young kids.’ Are you aware of song titles floating around from the LGBTQ ‘Pride Party Playlist’? A Great Big World – Everyone is Gay; Girls Like Girls? Are you monitoring what’s coming through those earbuds?

“2. Movies and TV: besides the frontal assault of ‘gay-affirming’ television shows and sex-saturated movies on cable, this fall at your cineplex are 12 LGBTQ-themed films staring big-name celebrities: Colette with Keira Knightley; The Favorite with Emma Stone; Happy Prince with Colin Firth; or Boy Erased with Nicole Kidman. In this atmosphere today, we simply cannot let our guard down but must be very discriminating in what we allow into the ‘eye and ear gate’ of our children. Thank God for…networks on cable featuring wholesome Christian programming and classic television shows from the ’60s that honored God’s Word…shows like Andy Griffith, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Father Knows Best, as well as Turner Classic Movies.

“3. Schools: if your children are in a public school, it’s essential to be knowledgeable about what is being taught in the name of ‘reproductive health’ and ‘sex education.’ Planned Parenthood, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), SIECUS (Sexual Information & Education Council of the United States) and Advocates for Youth are national organizations well-funded and aggressive in supplying schools their ‘resources’ that teach much of what is completely contrary to biblical values on human sexuality…Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) seeks to change society by changing sexual and gender norms. These programs have an almost obsessive focus on sexual pleasure and teaching children at the earliest age how to engage ‘safely’ in variations of sexual activity. It teaches children they can choose their gender, how to pleasure themselves and how a 9-year-old can put on a condom.

“Here’s the deal: Parents must make a quality decision to stay on the front line in the battle for our children’s spiritual and moral upbringing. Government, entertainment and schools increasingly do not support a biblical worldview, so we must align ourselves with other like-minded fathers and mothers, plus grandparents, in the context of authentic Christian community. The African proverb reminds us, ‘To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.’”

I won’t add much to this except to say again, our responsibility to our kids is to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Our church must stand with all our parents and give our kids the kind of love that will keep them safe throughout life. Just a thought.

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