|Tribune Content Agency
Dec 11, 2018
|From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: My husband says that in today’s world we cannot protect our children from things that are on television or the internet because they need to know what the world is really like. But I am concerned that bad behavior that is celebrated can harm them. Am I wrong? — P.M.
A: Years ago, some wells in a particular part of the country were contaminated because of a nearby chemical waste dump. Parents would not send their children to drink from these wells. The reason is obvious. The parents were compelled to protect their children from danger.
The same thing applies when it comes to protecting our children’s moral and spiritual health. Just as they are affected physically by the things they eat and drink, so they are affected morally and spiritually by the things they see and hear — whether on television or anywhere else. While children must learn that the world is steeped in evil, they should not be exposed to it through entertainment. Children need clear cut guidelines in every area of life. The Bible instructs that we “set nothing wicked before (our) eyes” (Psalm 101:3).
The home is under attack. Satan, the great deceiver, wants us to think that society is good. He wants us to believe that the culture provides all we need for our happiness and social welfare. But beware, the devil is out to destroy and he has targeted marriages, families and homes.
Be on guard at all times and above all, ask God to help make home a place where Christ is honored. Parents’ example of love and purity and commitment to Christ will be the greatest influence on our children.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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