The Culture is After Innocent Children

The Culture is After Innocent Children

Written By Lindsay Harold

The culture is after innocent children, to corrupt them into sexual deviancy as quickly as possible. There are messages about promiscuity, “girl power,” homosexuality, rebellion against authority, transgenderism, abortion, and many other evils everywhere. They put it in books, tv, movies, music, and video games. They teach it in public schools. Children even share it with each other.

We have to protect our children very carefully so they are not influenced by such things when they are young and vulnerable, and as the culture gets worse and worse, that requires more stringent measures.

It means you can’t let your child read any books or watch any television or listen to any music you haven’t screened first.

It means controlling who their friends are and who they spend time with.

It means not letting them sleep over at a friend’s house unless you know the parents well.

It means keeping them out of public schools.

It means no smart phone for a child or other access to the internet without supervision.

Once upon a time, these were considered extreme measures, but today you’re a fool if you don’t at least do these things.

It’s a crazy, evil world out there, and it wants your kids. Don’t serve them up on a platter for the world to destroy. Keep them safe. Keep them sheltered until you can train them to know what they believe and why.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 
1 Peter 5:8

13 thoughts on “The Culture is After Innocent Children

  1. A very interesting article indeed. How can we combine sheltering a child with still allowing them enough independence so that they might become adults who have enough personal experience to know to avoid evils by themselves? Making mistakes is the best way to learn, but I don’t want them to get permanently burned by making too big a mistake.

    1. Respectfully, making mistakes is not the best way to learn. Reading God’s word and listening to Godly advice is the best way to learn.

    2. I would love to hear anyone else’s thoughts on this, too, southern woman, since I also struggle with what you commented. My daughter is 11 and the eldest – it was much easier to shelter her while she was younger; but even with homeschooling and strict screentime and socialization, now that she is getting older she notices more in the stores and in people’s conversations, asks more questions, can read what things say in passing, etc. In short, she is more apt to being exposed to the world. It’s such a fine line to tread, and there is so much I wish she never had to know!

      All the measures Lori stated are great ways to be proactive in keeping our children as pure as possible while growing up in this world. I wanted to emphasize that another great defense is frequent exposure of our children to the Word itself, as it states, “He is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20). I can’t say enough about the benefits of taking the time to read scripture with my children daily; it gives them an opportunity to hear the Truth and be reminded about what God thinks of good and evil (and scripture definitely does not shy away from defining it!). If my kids have questions, it gives me an opportunity to expand on His Word and they learn a little more – but if not, I still know the seed has been planted and will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

      1. I have three children, who my husband and I have raised from the beginning with all the sheltering measures that Lori mentioned above. We have also saturated them with the Word daily (“Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible” and Bagster’s “Daily Light on the Daily Path” have been very helpful for this). In addition, since our children have no electronic distractions, they have spent a lot of time right there with us, no matter what we were doing (within reason, obviously). They have learned so much from watching us deal, in a godly way, with such situations as an irate and accusing contractor who was working on our house; an angry door-to-door salesman who hammered us with insults because we did not buy his wares; a negligent driver who carelessly ran into the back of our car, totaling it; etc. We have also talked to our children a lot about things going on around us…we have talked about the mistakes world leaders and other prominent figures have made and their detrimental consequences; and we have talked about the poor and selfish decisions we see being made around us every day, from the driver who thoughtlessly pulls out right in front of someone else, to the person who wastes all his money on a fancy car/house/clothes, to the young girl walking down the street wearing skimpy, revealing clothes. Our goal has been to give our children small doses of the world, but with us right beside them to explain it.

        Our oldest child, who is now 20 and in his second year of college, does not seem to be disadvantaged at all as a result of growing up sheltered. He did not have a mobile phone or access to the Internet (except for those times when he needed to research something on the computer and we were right there with him) until his first year of college, and that was only because the university required it. Our son is now extremely strong in his moral convictions, and he is quite good at both recognizing evil and avoiding it. For example, he refuses to become close friends with, or be influenced by, anyone that does not obey God (“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.”). He does not do this by avoiding people, either; he began his college career with a personal goal of meeting one new person every day. Consequently, he has really gotten to know a lot of people! He is not an anti-social hermit, like the nay-sayers tried to tell us our children would become, due to our sheltering. In fact, unlike so many of his peers, our son’s goal is to be a blessing to the others around him, instead of the usual college-age goal of seeking as much pleasure as possible. I do not want to suggest at all that he is perfect, as he certainly isn’t; however, I want to provide some experiential proof that sheltering does not produce young adults who are naive social misfits.

        Our son still lives with us, since he attends a university nearby. However, we have gone from having a supervisory role in his life to having a mentoring role. He makes his own decisions, occasionally seeking our counsel, and then lives with the consequences. He will leave home for good when he starts graduate school in two years, and by that time, I think he will have made a smooth and relatively painless transition out into the world.

        1. This is so encouraging to read, Heather! My children still have a ways to go before adulthood, and I get similar comments about “sheltering” them (how they will grow up to be antisocial, resentful, naive, etc.). It’s not that I never expect them to find out about the world, but yes I think in appropriate doses while you are there to live by example and teach them along the way, using God’s Word as a foundation and to fortify those teachings so they know how to respond righteously. Thank you for sharing your experience as someone who’s been through it! It’s truly helpful. God bless!

  2. A heart-breaking reality indeed. I witnessed it for myself once I read a new rendition of Little Women. It’s a modern comic book retelling of the classic novel, called Mary, Jo, Beth and Amy. I got it for myself because I love comics and thought it may be interesting. It’s cutesie and colorful and I BOUGHT IT IN THE “TEEN FICTION” area of Target.

    Spoiler alert: a modern problem for the girls is… YOU GUESSED IT– sexuality. One of the young girls literally comes out as homosexual, and changes her appearance. To think, had I not actually read this for myself, I likely would’ve taken it for every other seemingly innocent graphic novel in the kids or teens sections, smh.

    We must protect our children from this satanic garbage and preserve them for the Kingdom, not the world. The world is working very hard to take our children and we cannot afford to be on the defense.

  3. I just read about an Elementary school teacher in GA who as arrested for pleasuring herself in front of her class of 8 year Olds! Im so saddened and sickened by the intentional destruction of innocence and beauty on this world. Protect your children even if the world says you’re crazy. You can’t train them up when you outsource them to the world to raise ❤️

  4. Almost everything has access to the internet nowadays (watches, tablets, tvs, etc). Your child will have access to the internet whether you want them to or not. It’s best to show them HOW to use this wonderful tool, and what to guard against. Besides, when my teen is running errands for me she needs a phone to text me, access coupons and discounts, check reviews, transfer money from the bank, etc. Simply denying her access would make her MORE vulnerable, not less.

    1. I agree, Mom of 8. My husband was introduced to porn walking home from playing ball with friends at the age of 10. On his way home, he walked past a house with trash out on the curb and on top was a stack of Playboy magazines. You cannot guard your children from every trash bin on the street. You must teach them to deal with these obstacles.

  5. This is absolutely true. Due to my children being virtual they became so just weary and sad most of the time. I gave in and let them go back to school this past week. And boy do I see the difference. I’m pretty sure it was a bad idea. I will be pulling them back out. Them being at school makes them just act different. The world really does affect the children. Worldly things attract them. Very scary world we are in. But thank the Lord he has over come the world. This article was great thanks.

  6. I’m not a mother myself, but I do hope to be one in the future!

    This is something I think about a lot. If I were to be blessed with motherhood, how would I protect our children? Naturally I was thinking to just keep certain things away from them. However, I am also very aware of the phrase, “Strict parents create sneaky kids”. I know this of course is not the case all the time, but I do know that it does unfortunately happen. Kids going hog wild with their “new found freedom”, and feeling like they have a lot to make up for.

    One thing I’ve gotten in regards to all of this, in summary, is “time and place” and “be truthful”.

    When I was a kid, I was sheltered. Then my parents got divorced and I got really off track with my life. It was really bad. I remember both before and after the divorce, a lot of what I learned about… Well… Life was from the internet. My mother never taught me much about life other than to get good grades, go to college and get a good degree. She was really obsessed with appearances and not in a good way. I was often told, “You’ll know/understand when you’re older” when I asked more difficult questions. Obviously, when you are a little one, that is a proper answer to certain questions, but… That’s the time and place bit, right? And being truthful, giving actual guidance, not just throwing your kid to the wind and making them figure everything out themselves and then being shocked that they didn’t turn out like you wanted them to…

    My husband helped me go back to God, and thank the Lord for that! I’m certain I would be dead or worse by now if my husband and I never got together! I know why I can’t be a mother right now, I simply would not be a very good one at best. I have too many things I need to work on and I would be a terrible influence on my children. Not to mention, I get way too easily stressed out, depressed and/or angry, and I know that the Lord is trying to prevent that from happening.

    I just turned 24 and I’m starting to receive more wake up calls to fix my behavior and the state of my heart. I’m still young, so I want to do that now and not when I’m old and bitter and impossible to change. God bless you Lori!

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