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Protecting Our Children

Lot chose to live in Sodom, an evil but very prosperous city. God decided to destroy the city of Sodom for its wickedness. Abraham interceded for Lot and his family. God sent two angels to that city to lead Lot and his family out. When they arrived at Lot’s house, the rampant evil reared its head. Moses explains: “…all the men from every part of the city of Sodom — both young and old — surrounded the house.”  They called out, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them” (Gen. 19:4-5).

Sodom was a city where sexual violence had become routine. However, we are shocked by Lot’s response as he went outside and tried to talk to the mob: “No, my friends. Don’t do this wicked thing.  Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof” (Gen. 19:6-8).

You might be thinking, “How could this man do this to his daughters?” Do not be so quick to judge! Today, parents are throwing their sons and daughters to the wolves by abdicating their parental authority. Teenagers who are barely old enough to know the basics of life skills are becoming sexually active. They are doing so with the knowledge and, in some cases, the permission of their parents. Teenagers’ emotional intelligence is not capable of prolonged physical intimacy with another teenager, so it usually ends abruptly. The sense of rejection drives these adolescents to look for another and another. By the time they graduate, they have accumulated enough emotional baggage to wreck any future marriage.

Parents are throwing their kids into the mob by allowing them to get involved in addicting social media.  Programs such as Snapchat, Instagram, and others enable them to get involved emotionally with others at a very young age.  They become consumed with their body and appearance, which becomes a gateway to becoming sexually active at a young age.  As parents who love their children, we have to be vigilant for their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.  Many predators are preying on our children, and we need God’s help to keep them safe.

Parents are throwing their kids into the culture by allowing them to listen to violent music, especially rap.  Teenagers grow up on this vulgar and profane music that glorifies killing, sexual violence, and disrespect for life.  Parents are throwing them into the culture by allowing them to watch any perverse thing they desire, whether video games, movies, or YouTube.  The world has placed a cesspool of profane language, violent content, and sexually depraved material at their child’s fingertips.  If you do not intervene, it will take over your child’s mind and damage their future life.

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