Parenting and Spiritual Transmission – Part 4

I have been blogging about the essential role of parents as primary mentors in passing along our Christian faith and values to our children.  If what I share in the following does not grab your attention, I am not sure what will.  I have to pinch myself to realize this is actually happening in my lifetime!

Let me begin with a keen observation stated by Dr. Charles Chaput, Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia: “The surest way to transform a culture is from the inside out.  And the surest path for doing it isn’t through reasoned debate (too tedious) or violence (too costly) but by colonizing and reshaping the culture’s appetites and behaviors.”  These words suggest a deliberate strategy intended to “colonize” one’s assumptions about truth and reality in a way that forms his or her basic values without consciously realizing what is happening.

I will give two chilling, real-life illustrations.

First, Dr. Christian Overman of Worldview Matters, recently featured guest writer Philip Irvin concerning the primetime TV series The Handmaid’s Tale. Read this disturbing excerpt from Irvin:

Suppose a TV series presented a dystopian world where a religious group imposed something more severe than Shariah law. In this religious world, women were not only brutally subjugated and ritually raped but were also legally prohibited from working outside the home, owning property, handling money, or even reading. What would be the response to this series?

If the religious group were identified as Muslims, all those involved would be strung up by their thumbs and denounced as Islamophobiacs.

However:  

If instead, the series vented its venom at conservative Christians, you would find that “the series [The Handmaid’s Tale] garnered extremely positive reviews and won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, along with seven other Emmy Awards from 13 nominations.”  …

Irvin continues: Do not be deceived into thinking that The Handmaid’s Tale is just harmless entertainment. Such a publicly acclaimed, grossly hostile representation of Bible-believing Christians is reminiscent of the displays of growing hostility toward Jews in pre-war Germany. This should cause conservative Christians concern.

I recommend you read Dr. Overman’s entire blog by clicking here.

The second illustration of powerful, well-funded interests that are aggressively colonizing the values of our young people is a new animated sitcom entitled Big Mouth, which Business Insider describes as “Netflix’s wickedly funny new show about puberty.” The article continues: “On Big Mouth, every teen has a ‘hormone monster’ who follows them around and fuels their sexual desires … . Big Mouth will remind you of some of those terrible memories you’ve probably repressed all these years,  but will help you look back on them with joy rather than pain.  And it has been a hit with the critics … becoming Netflix’s highest-rated animated show.”

I watched the short trailer to this series, and I must tell you it is one of the most disgusting, vulgar, and upsetting pieces I have ever seen.  It is disgusting because it is smut advertised as a “wickedly funny new show.”   It is upsetting because it is targeted at adolescents who are going through the challenging changes associated with the onset of puberty.  But, it is strongly biased toward promiscuity and encourages sexual experimentation and the whole identity/orientation mindset of the LGBTQ culture.  Quite simply, it is raw propaganda aimed at colonizing the values of our young people.

My parents generation experienced the sexual revolution of the 1960s.  It was bad enough then, but at least the larger culture still clung to some semblance of public decency and values.  But,  folks,  let us fully realize that we have descended from those days into the New Dark Ages in terms of our popular culture.  These two programs are nothing less than demonically inspired.  I can’t overstate this.

Sometimes I feel like a broken record, a repetitive voice “crying in the wilderness”  and concerned that I may be perceived as an alarmist.  But, to my defense, moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre warned that today’s barbarians “are not  waiting beyond the frontiers; they have already been governing us for quite some time.  And it is our lack of consciousness of this that  constitutes part of our predicament.”  By “governing us,” MacIntyre was not referring merely to politicians, but to those in the power centers of culture who are driving social change.

We must understand our times and the powerful influences that are working to win the minds and hearts of our children by colonizing them from the inside out by popular forms of culture.  Parents must be proactive in being the primary role models and spiritual mentors for their children.  Parents cannot turn their children loose in our popular culture; rather, we must diligently walk with them through its incredibly dangerous minefields.  We must show them, through our example, how to be in the world, but not of the world.  Parents cannot have one foot on both sides of this fence and hope to be successful with their children.  Many in my generation tried that and failed.  I pray this current generation of young parents will have the courage to decisively engage with their children in preparing them to stand as Christians in the face of a hostile culture.