Children were sacrificed in ancient times and are still sacrificed today. I am speaking about physical death as well as emotional and spiritual death. Children are vulnerable and in the history of the world, have always suffered the most because of it. Perhaps that is why The Bible commissions us to look after orphans and why the Scriptures severely warn any person who would want to lead young people astray. Things like abortion, abuse and abandonment are stealing the lives, innocence and sense of belonging from our children. Child sacrifice in the Bible was part of pagan worship and for many of these issues we recognize the injustice today – in the homes of those who do not follow Christ. But what about those who follow Christ, are they too sacrificing their children in some way? Has the culture of our age subtly crept in the back door and stealing the souls of our children under our very noses? How could this be possible?
THE INTERNET HAS MADE MANY THINGS POSSIBLE. Many children are growing up in an environment that their parents are ignorant to and that needs to change. Of course, it is no fault of us parents – we have no context ourselves for this environment as many of us grew up swinging on the tree in the garden or cycling in the street. That being said, it is our responsibility to protect our children and to do that today we need to change how we think.
Think about this: if we are protecting our children in TODAY’s environment in the same way that our parents protected us ‘way back when’ in a DIFFERENT environment – is that effective protection? Surely if the ENVIRONMENT changes – the STRATEGY needs to change?
Parents around the world need to acknowledge the changes and intentionally get equipped to protect and prepare their children effectively. Our children will be tempted and enticed, so they will need our help to make good choices.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.” James 1:13-16
The Internet poses one of the greatest threats to our children today. It threatens to lure their hearts and minds away from The Kingdom of God. How you ask? By entertaining them again and again and again. Corruption starts with a drop of poison – lust is never satisfied and the lusts of our flesh (yes, all of us – even your children) are all at risk of being seduced by the Spirit of this world.
“The internet is volatile and not to be trusted. Allowing our children to have access to the internet is not an issue of trust, but of diligence and discipline. With mobile smart phones, young people can, in seconds, reach the kinds of people and places that our parents could only have had nightmares about. In seconds they can: reveal intimate secrets to strangers; get drugs, guns and sex; threaten suicide; bully and be bullied; gamble; buy and sell everything imaginable; give out photos of their bodies; and see the vilest, most violent and damaging images on the planet.”
Child protection has changed and will continue to change in the days ahead. It starts with physical protection of course, but it does not end there. Psychological protection is needed more than ever for the digital world of today. As Christians, we have the greatest protection for the human mind: the Living Word of God – The Bible!
“The loveliest thing in the world. The Bible is the noblest thing that God has given to man: It is the oldest and most living book in the world. Through thousands of years of time it has come to us. It begins as far back beyond Jesus; for us it is indeed the great book with Jesus in the midst. When we are stirred by the thought of the wonders of this world it may occur to us sometimes that there is nothing much more wonderful than this – that in these days in millions of books, and of thousands of millions of papers, there is no other printed page with power to touch the hearts of men as this book does.”
POINTER FOR PARENTS:
Read the Bible to your children and encourage them to read it themselves when they are able; this will instill a strong and resilient knowledge of God in their hearts. As they grow in this discipline, they should grow in their knowledge of God, His precepts and it will empower them to live a righteous life. Pray and trust that they will grow in wisdom – the much needed wisdom that will help them navigate the digital world.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7
Every person is born into sin and that includes our children. Every person needs a savior and that includes our children. After all the research I have done, I honestly feel the most effective form of protection is real relationships; firstly with God our Father and then with each other. It is now time for parents and guardians to showcase the gospel – a message of Biblical truth; it is the only thing that will stand the test of time in the lives of our children! We need to shout a counter cultural message that promotes purity. If we are serious about protecting the vulnerable we need to start giving our children accurate and Biblical sex education. I want to encourage you that you might not have all the answers to the questions your children have – but you know the one who does! Pray to the Lord Jesus and trust that He will lead you into all truth!
Yours in justice and love,