How are you doing in your fight against a culture that's gone stark raving mad?
The real-life headlines for some parents have been more like nightmares: A “pregnancy pact” that plagued a small town in Massachusetts; teens trading nude photos of their girlfriends on MySpace; porn flowing free on cell phone screens. And of course, a constant barrage of raunchy prime-time television programs, ads that belittle fathers, music that extols sexual promiscuity, etc., etc. It can certainly seem like we parents are overpowered by media madness.
It’s vital that you not lose heart, because this is one battle you really can -- and must -- win. Parenting is a joy, a miracle, a blessed gift from God -- but no one ever said it would be easy. Overcoming the cultural sewage and imparting your values, instead of Hollywood’s, is a war well worth fighting. The good news is, you don't have to go it alone.
I’d love to know what particular battles or successes you are having with your own kids so I can share them with others. If you read my last book, Home Invasion, you know that our precious children need for you -- moms, dads, grandparents, youth group leaders -- to rally around our sons and daughters to help them become men and women of love, wisdom and virtue. We need to work together to build within them a moral compass that helps them, as Philippians says, to know the difference between good and bad -- and to choose the good.
I'm working now on a parenting “how to” book (due out just before Mother’s Day, 2009), and I’d like to include your anecdotes and victories. Any stories chosen for inclusion will be identified by first name only, to protect your privacy. Just e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe you’re struggling to preserve your child’s innocence. Don’t you find it disturbing that programs targeting your children often feature kids behaving like drug-addicted, sex-crazed adults? TV dramas now regularly portray teenagers whose inappropriately adult behavior is treated as perfectly acceptable. In reality, such lifestyles aren’t healthy, aren’t attractive, and are not respectful of God’s image in which we all are made. But if we want our kids to hear our message, and not Hollywood’s, we’ve got to monitor the media’s constant attempts to feed on our kids’ vulnerabilities and raging hormones to boost ratings -- and advertising dollars.