3 Ways the World Will Try to Indoctrinate Your Kids, and 3 Bible Verses You Can Pray Over Them
by Alisa Childers
The world my kids are living in is radically different from the one I grew up in. When I was a kid, there was no internet. There were no cell phones. No Facebook or Twitter. No one I knew owned a computer. If I wanted to find something out, I had to go to the library and check out a book, or consult my parent’s encyclopedia set. In the ’80s, it was fairly easy to settle into your church and community and not hear much from the outside world. I wasn’t particularly sheltered, but still I had never heard many of the sophisticated intellectual objections to the Christian faith until I was an adult….and I was not prepared with answers. But the one thing I DID have—I had praying parents.
When my faith was under fire as an adult, I am sure the prayers of my parents were a huge part of God bringing me through the waves of doubt. Much has been written on how to equip our kids intellectually to face the challenges of their culture, but we should never underestimate the power of a praying parent!
Now our kids have virtually every worldview, philosophy, and theory at their fingertips. Philosopher Peter Berger said, “The internet is a celebration of pluralism.” He’s right, and young people have never been under more pressure to accept contradictory worldviews as being equally true. Here are 3 specific ways the world is trying to indoctrinate, deceive, and influence your child, and 3 corresponding Bible verses to pray over your kids:
1. It will normalize immorality.
It’s no secret that the easiest way to gain mainstream acceptance of an idea is to make it seem like the most normal thing in the world. The most effective way to do this is through the influence of the media—particularly through TV shows that stream into our living rooms week after week. Everything from illicit drug use, alcoholism, hook-up culture, adultery, pornography, and even violence toward women have all become normalized, despite the reality of tragic consequences that accompany those behaviors.
Consider the phenomena of Will & Grace, which first hit the airwaves in the late ’90s and was met with high ratings and critical acclaim. In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, Joe Biden said, “I think Will and Grace probably did more to educate the American public [on LGBTQ issues] than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far.” Let that sink in….the then Vice President of the United States credited the cultural movement toward the acceptance of same-sex marriage to a sitcom…
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