The alternative to teaching our children biblical hierarchy is to allow them to be autonomous self-directed people. The Bible has a term for such a person: the fool. "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Ps. 14:1). The fool says, "I will be my own self-directed person; no one will tell me what to do. I will do what I want to do, when I want to do it. I will be ruled by nothing other than my own whim." This is not freedom; it is foolishness. To live in God's world as though there is no God is the height of folly.
Our Lives Must Reflect the Truths We Teach
These truths must be reflected in our entertainment choices. The man in the action-adventure movie who does whatever he wants and breaks all the rules is not a hero. He is a fool. Regardless of the apparent good that results in the end, he is a fool and the world he represents is a lie. It wouldn't be wise to make an evening's entertainment of watching powerful dramas that teach our children to think about life in ways that are not true. If we are going to watch an action-adventure movie, we should have some vigorous discussion afterward about the fact that this hero is, according to the Bible's reckoning, a fool.
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