The world is confused, but your kids don’t have to be. You can help your children navigate truth in a culture of confusion.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
There used to be a day not too long ago when the innocence of children was protected rather than preyed upon. A world where families were allowed to teach their children right from wrong concerning morality and sexuality without fear of others trying to take that right away. However, if it were up to some people, that day would no longer exist.
A World of Choices
We live in a culture of consumerism that has created a desire for more choices than are necessary or healthy for anyone, including both ourselves and our kids. “Have it your way” is no longer just a fast-food slogan, but an on-going lifestyle for many. And while God from the very beginning gave us the freedom to choose, he did not give us the freedom from the consequences of our choices. Unrestrained freedom can be a very dangerous thing.
A Clash of Terms
Much of the confusion in our society over right vs. wrong depends upon who you talk to, and has simply become all about how you frame the question. If we just give things a different name, rather than calling it what it actually is, it’s not hard to call evil good and good evil. (Isaiah 5:20)
Is it a woman’s right to choose or a baby’s right to live?
Is it really about a choice or is it really about a life? (Psalm 139:13-16)
Is pornography just the appreciation of women’s beauty or the objectification and desecration of women’s bodies?
Is unfaithfulness to the marriage bed just a matter of “messing around” or is it a matter of fornication and adultery that God promises to judge? (Hebrews 13:4)
Is pushing sex education on young children preparing them for successful adulthood or stealing from them the innocence of childhood?
Is gender identity nothing more than fun adult dress up, or is it a perversion and rejection of God’s divine order and biological authority?
So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27)
A Bend Towards Evil
Genesis 6:5 reminds us that the very imagination of men’s hearts leans towards what is evil rather than what is right. In looking at the current state of our world today, I am convinced that there is nothing that a sinful heart can’t justify, no matter how wrong it is, because “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).
The fool is capable of any evil and at the same time incapable of seeing that it is evil. (Dietrick Bonhoeffer)
When people get far from God, they can justify anything and everything that fits into their own agenda and selfish desires. Because once sin is no longer sin, people have no need for a Savior. And with the absence of godly leadership or accountability, we see happening today what happened in the Old Testament, “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).
Mark Twain once wisely said, “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
A Golden Opportunity
If we’re not careful, it’s easy to get distracted by all the negative around us that we fail to get laser focused on the opportunity right in front of us with our kids.
As godly parents, we have the opportunity to shape the hearts, minds, and worldviews of our own children, regardless of what other may say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but everyone is not entitled to their own truth. Truth does not change just because one’s opinions differ from it (John 17:17).