Raising Children in a Sensual Society — Lutheran Witness
Got Children? Do they have cell phones, iPods, iPads, unfettered internet access, computers in their bedrooms, laptops provided by you or their school? Then this article from the February Edition of the Lutheran Witness is a MUST READ.
In an interconnected society, we are suprisingly disconnected from one another, especially parents and children. Technology drives much of what we do, and it is all certainly useful and, if used properly, helpful. However, we as parents are charged by God with the responsibility of rearing our children.
“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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
Just as schools stand in the shoes of parents while children are in their care and custody, we stand in the shoes of God as stewards of the lives of these young heirs to the Kingdom, raising the next generation of disciples. To carry out our charge responsibly, we must constantly talk with our children, teaching them, creating a relationship of trust and respect, centered on the things of God. As the Moses tells us, the Word of God is the most essential component of our relationship with our children and with one another. Passing on our faith, and the lives of our children and our lives centered on Christ is what we are called to do as faithful parents. But, as the article notes, our children and our families are constantly under attack by the Devil where he uses the blessings of technology to divide families, fill our hearts and minds with sensual and graphic images celebrating the sexuality and sensuality of the CREATURE, to keep our hearts and minds from the CREATOR. The temptations are great, and Christians are not immune. They are subtle, in the form of small adds across a youtube video, or a picture ad on a webpage. One click can open the door to a secret world of porn, interaction with strangers, and access to ideas and things that undermine the very values parents are trying to instill in their children.
In our churches and in our Christian schools we have long been told, “We are all Christians here, we have nothing to worry about!” Think again. Kober tells us that this technology seeks us out where we are. It reaches into our homes, our cellphones, and has the capacity to reach us wherever we are. So for our children, this becomes more alarming because it can reach them in the middle of church, or on a youth servant event, or while they are in school. One only has to look around while driving down the road at how distracted drivers are by the information they are receiving on these devices.
These are certainly troubled times for us, as the DEVIL is working double shifts to turn us from the salvation we have in Christ. We are called to be faithful, to do mercy, love justice, and walk humbly with our God. If we are not connected with our children, we cannot teach them to do any of these things. If we allow Satan access through technology into our homes, we are not being faithful stewards of this tremendous gift that God has given charge over us, our children. Make no mistake, Satan is alive and well, and working ever so hard to turn our children and us away from God. Be on guard and be faithful and take care of those children.