Relativisitic Parenting

There have been several “blockbuster” movies out lately, and I’ve been surprised at the number of Christians who not only are going to see these but who express (usually via Facebook) how “excellent” and “awesome” such were. So I’ve been mulling over this issue of what Christians consider good and excellent.

Then today there is an article at msnbc titled, “Babies at ‘Batman?’” relating the outrage some have expressed toward parents who bring young children to see “Batman Rises.”

Not surprisingly, the overall tone of the article seems supportive of parents who do so, finishing it off with this–

So when is a child ready to see a PG-13 movie? It really depends on how your particular kid is hardwired, making it one of those difficult, but deeply personal parenting choices.

Dr. Susan Samuels, a pediatrician and assistant professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, tells parents to look at how their children respond to day-to-day events or other potentially scary triggers that they encounter in their ordinary life to determine their ability to tolerate violent or alarming movies.

At the end of the day, this is just one of the decisions that only you can make for yourself, your child, and your family.

There you have it, parents. How should you train, rear, and bring up your children? It depends on your child! That, however, is completely opposite of what God says:

Train up a child in the way he should go (Prov 22:6)

Bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Eph 6:4)

How can such entertainment accomplish the purposes God sets forth here?

Please note–Scripture does not say, “train up a child in the way he wants to go” or “bring them up according to the dictates of humanistic psychologists.” God says, “in the way he should go,” which God sets forth in his Word.

“It depends on how your kid is hardwired.” Well, every one of my kids is hardwired with depravity; training their minds and hearts by these things does not lead them to salvation in Jesus Christ (2 Tim 3:15)!

Why would I base my parenting on the level of violence and alarm a child can “tolerate?” How does that square with the kind of mind we should have (2 Cor 10:5; Phil 4:8)?

How does such “entertainment” not conform us to this world? How does it transform our minds so that we may be able to discern God’s will (Rom 12:2)?

In what way do the world’s amusements help believers in their pursue of that holiness without which no one will see the Lord (Heb 12:14), or aid in cleansing the defilement of the flesh and spirit and perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord (2 Cor 7:1)?

Christian parents should not be relativistic parents, and that applies for all Christians!

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Author: Dan Greenfield

I am an undeserving sinner saved by God's grace through Jesus Christ, a happy husband, proud father of 6 great kids, pastor of Orwell Bible Church, Executive Secretary of the American Council of Christian Churches, and member of the Ohio Bible Fellowship .

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