By Sarah Evans
As our children grow up, it is important that we show them how to remain under God’s mighty hand of protection. They will not know how to do this by themselves, and that is why God has placed our children in our care: to teach, model and to show them the way. As a parent, one of our primary responsibilities is to shelter our children from harmful influences that seek to lead them away from God’s truth.
- Do the values reflected in this television program/movie/computer game reflect God’s truth?
- Is there anything that runs contrary to God’s word?
- Is my child mature enough to handle this subject matter?
‘The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness’ (Matthew 6:22)We cannot expect our children to know what is potentially harmful in nature. It is our job to know what our children are watching on television and what games they are playing on the computer. We cannot trust the standards of this world when deciding what our children watch on the television, as a lot of television programs/movies that are on offer are not appropriate for our children. The ratings for the movies are an important thing to take into consideration. A child of eleven should not be watching 15+ rated movies, and a child of twelve should not be watching an 18+ rated movie. But even when looking at these ratings, often they are chosen by individuals who are not watching from a heavenly perspective.
No matter how harmless we may think something is for our children, its influence will either draw our children closer to God or entice them further away.3. Let us seek God for His perspective: God’s hand of protection over our children is dependent on their remaining close to Him, under His wings, and away from the influences of evil. And so until they are able to use discernment and make wise choices for themselves, we must take responsibility for what they are exposed to. We must protect their age of innocence for as long as possible. It is for this reason that we must not lean on our own limited understanding but instead we must ask for discernment so that we can make wise choices for them. The true source of wisdom comes from God, and so it is by Him and through Him only that we can truly know how to guide our children onto the right path. He is always ready and willing to share His wisdom with us. Let us lean on Him. With God’s help, let us protect our children as much as we can, and for as long as we can. O be careful little eyes what you see, O be careful little eyes what you see, For the Father up above, is looking down in love, O be careful little eyes what you see. O be careful little ears what you hear, O be careful little ears what you hear, For the Father up above, is looking down in love, O be careful little ears what you hear.