Whatever happened to parents protecting their children from the sins of the world? Instead, I find more and more parents complicit in introducing sin to their children.
They buy or allow school clothes and Halloween costumes that make their teen girls look like strippers.
They buy or allow their children to play video games with sexual content, graphic violence and graphic language. Try to find a non-sports themed Play Station 3 game that isn’t rated M for Mature. It’s almost impossible. Even the T for Teen rated games regularly take the Lord’s name in vain and use the less offensive, but equally inappropriate curse words.
Parents allow or watch amoral trash such as Jersey Shore with their kids, a show which only fosters the destructive selfishness that is eating away at the moral core of this country.
I find more and more parents, including those who attend church weekly, introducing their children to contraceptives because they’ve decided it’s an easier battle to teach their kids to sin without consequence then to not sin at all.
Our jobs as parents is to know the faith, live the faith, lead by example and teach that faith to our children. We are tasked, by Jesus himself, to protect our children from sin, to be the guardians of their innocence.
Yes, our kids will have to live in this real, broken world and our job is to do our best to prepare them for it. Yes, we should help them to be successful financially, scholastically and socially. However, our first and primary responsibility is to prepare them spiritually for the battle for their souls that awaits them.
When in doubt as to how to raise our children, we should look to how God has raised us. Our eternal Father showers us with never-ending love and mercy, but He holds us to the highest of moral standards. He forgives our failings, disciplines us when necessary and always pushes us to holiness.
Does God introduce us to sin or show us a path to live above it? Does God tell us to indulge in our own primal selfish pleasures or to achieve far greater, to live selflessly, as He has done through the life, teaching and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
How can we expect our children to shine in God’s eyes when too many parents are teaching them to embrace sin, the very thing that offends God?
Parents, learn your faith. Understand the destructive nature of sin. Arm your children with the moral fortitude and knowledge to turn away from sin when the world pleads with them to embrace it.
Protect your children’s innocence at all costs.