An interesting conversation with a 69 -year-old patient the other day; father to a 17-year-old girl and 3-9 year olds. (You do the math) The theme of the conversation was on protecting our kids. His word: shielding.
Same day, extremely disturbing article on kids and porn and their exposure to it and how it is corrupting “normal”. Read at your own risk. But read it. Don’t think that because it’s from the UK it doesn’t apply to you. It does. I would paraphrase the article, but Martin Daubney says it all….
It was enough for me to shock our 16-year-old by asking if he was looking at porn on his phone. Then to follow-up with the “have you ever?” question. Awkward? yup. Necessary? Absolutely. The end of the conversation? No way, no how.
Our kids are good. I don’t wish them to be exposed to anything like this. Ever. However, I’m realistic and I’d rather be proactive and have the conversations than to let them navigate it on their own. Talk about why porn is so destructive. Talk about why we must fight hard against objectifiying women. The cold hard reality is, we can’t wait for this conversation. Like drugs, alcohol and bullying, this must be an ongoing conversation. Shield all you want, but I want my kids armed and prepared…equipped against this battle that threatens their hearts and souls and bodies.
If we can’t be open and discuss the evils in this world, we better build a fortress or prepare for heartache. It’s a new and scary world out there and as parents, we are called to be involved or reap the consequences.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [b]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.