Everywhere around us a battle is raging for the hearts, minds and attitudes of our children. And this struggle is most intense within the safety of the American home.
It's a subtle war - even hidden - from those who would rather not see. Many parents prefer to think of entertainment that comes into their homes as "happy and harmless" because it provides quiet respites in the midst of our busy, complex lives.
With stressful work days, homework, paying bills, grocery shopping, preparing meals, running a house, and all the government regulations we have to adhere to like getting our cars inspected, budgeting for taxes, renewing driver's licenses, etc., it's such a relief to be able to have Johnny or Susie disappear into another room to play video games, surf the net, and watch television and movies of their choosing. At least they are safe within our four walls and not getting into trouble, right? At least they are not bothering us for a while.
But for the parent who dares to look beyond the Hollywood glitz and happy marketing themes that accompany every television show and movie, an ugly pattern emerges that pretty much explains why this generation of pre-teen girls are so sexual; why crude and rude behavior and language has become the status quo; why even the youngest of children seem to lack respect for their parents.
In her new book, The War on Children, Coral Ridge Ministries researcher and family advocate Karen L. Gushta, Ph.D. describes the war in detail, and even lays out the enemy's battle plans as well as their weapons of choice. She skillfully documents how entertainment teaches our children that "there is no absolute truth and no ultimate moral values."
Of particular interest is Chapter Four which outlines the roles of the liberal courts in providing authority and ammunition to the enemy: "They Banned Prayer and Protected Porn" explains how it all got so bad, so quickly. And chapter five, "Heroes and Heroines: Virtue and Vice Redefined" gets to the heart of the psychological warfare being used to twist good and bad, to turn truth into lies, and to pervert justice.
How can families win this war?