The Stealth Enemy in Your Home


An enemy is in your home, and his job is to subvert your children.  Every day he comes into your living room, or maybe even your child's own bedroom, and he teaches them language and innuendo that would make a sailor blush.

He teaches that violence solves problems.  He winks at tawdry suggestions and images.  To him, God does not matter, and in fact should be mocked.  To him license is the true meaning of liberty.  In his value system, alternative lifestyles are as legitimate as any other, and the traditions of home, faith, and standards are greeted with scatological satire.

You might not know that you have welcomed this smiling snake oil salesman into your children's lives, but you welcome him every day, and chances are he spends more time forming the values of your children than you do.  The average child in America spends 50 - 60 hours per week at the feet of this teacher, while the average Dad spends only 37 seconds per day with them.

Most parents are careful about the people they allow to influence their children.  They would never invite a babysitter into their homes if the babysitter's values are diametrically opposed to their own.   Yet that is exactly what so many of us do when we turn on the tube and allow our children to be programmed by the distinctly questionable worldviews that much of the popular media purveys.

Even family-oriented shows and sports events are punctuated during commercial time with an onslaught of images and sound bites worthy of little more than potty break.  Picture mud-wrestling women, movie previews of bloody encounters, and reality show-type teasers that suggest casual "intimate" encounters.

"Teach your children well," sang Crosby, Stills, and Nash.  "Train up a child in the way he should go," wrote Solomon.  Both imply a need for parents to take charge of the influences in their children's lives.   Moses instructed the people of his day to seize the day with their children. "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."(Deut 6:5-9 NIV)

You can't expect the media moguls to do that for you.

Lenny Cacchio

Excerpted from The Sabbath Morning Companion, July 26, 2003, by Lenny Cacchio. 
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