Thoughts from a Young Man: Cartoon Parents


Our culture has turned from the Christian method of educating children in matters or morals. We make books and videos and tv shows which have extracted from the gospel the morals that are learned. The ways and manners that mark goodness in Christ without the reforming power of the cross. We wonder why it is that our youth have problems and low self confidence. It is quite simple; they have been told to be what they are completely unable to become. They have been told to live in a manner in which they are completely unable. Caillou’s good morals, not to mention wholly impossibly good parents, don’t exists. We offer our children lies. They don’t see the love of the Bertstien Bears in their own parents. The messages have no root, no source of power except this is what you should be. When they are not they become depressed. We offer them lies about who they are and what they can be and are surprised when they turn out broken.
We need not to tell our children that they should share and if they try hard enough they will. We need to tell them that they should love others, not because they are good people deserving of love, because we all are sinners in need of grace; just like our children. The gospel must enter our parenting. It is rather cruel to tell our children to be what they are not, what they cannot be, without telling them about the source of life, the grace of God, Christ who WILL make them like Christ. To create outward conformity without any inward root is not more than cleaning the outside of the cup.
Do we give our children false expectations of who we are as parents through the tv we let them watch? Do we allow them to be immersed in programs that tell them to be what they cannot be with out Christ? Are we telling them about Christ?
I did not address this above but thinking wise what does the tv we give our children do to their minds? Is thought provoking or entertainment driven? In our house we love Dora and disdain Sponge Bob (the show is simply mindless; I feel stupid after watching it). Caillluo has been rising consumption but because of the above I am reconsidering this. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse makes the cut for our three year but Teletubbies is a no no. What do you think?

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