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PARENTS MUST BE VIGILANT REGARDING THE MOVIES THEIR CHILDREN WATCH by Larry Tomczak

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The time has come for some parents to receive a proverbial “slap upside the head” (in love, of course!) regarding their role in guiding  their children’s entertainment intake. The welfare of our children is at stake and it’s imperative that we take serious this sacred responsibility.

Growing up, my parents never needed to pay much attention to my movie watching. They left my sister and me to go out on a Saturday night and we simply turned on the tube to watch The Lawrence Welk Show and wholesome films on Saturday Night at the Movies. Mom never had to inquire when I joined buddies to see westerns, monster flicks (remember Creature from the Black Lagoon or the big guy, Godzilla?) or silly comedies at our nearby theater.

We all know that day is long gone!

But are we paying attention to the coarseness, perversity and profanity that has become so commonplace in our culture? And are we being extremely careful to monitor what’s coming through the eye gate into our children’s heads? Too many, sad to say, are letting their guard down and getting sloppy, lazy or simply too busy.

Will you allow me a few minutes “to stir you up by reminding you” (2 Pet.1:13) of what’s at stake and how the luxury of complacency is no longer an option?

Some Sobering Illustrations:

  • Yesterday I spoke with a single mom about her teen and movies. When she mentioned Christian movies as “cheesy” and the often repeated need for kids to be “exposed to evil and not sheltered,”
    I advised her to teach her son the Book of Proverbs (“Listen my son” is the repeated refrain of the book) plus expose him NOT to evil, but rather the consequences of evil.I related how I took my young son, now a pastor with soon-to-be three adopted children, to experience being in a jail cell. After the door slammed shut, it wasn’t more than two minutes before he nervously beckoned, “Let me outta’ here!”
  • This weekend we hosted an 11-year-old from downtown Nashville in our home who awakened at 3 AM in tormenting fear from thoughts bombarding his mind. He explained that he had viewed the Stephen King film, It with some relatives and friends while parents were in the other room viewing another horror flick.This R-rated movie about a child-molesting clown sucking children into sewers to dismember them is straight from the pit of hell! The gang of 11–12-year-olds who battle this menacing child molester, spew out over 40 F-words and swim unclothed with a girl.We counseled him, prayed for deliverance from a spirit of fear and will bring this to the attention of his wonderful mother who unfortunately may not even be aware of the occurrence.

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