walk in the word
How are the renovations coming along? No, I’m not talking about the remodeling project in your basement; I’m talking about remodeling project in your family. We’ve been learning how critical it is to (1) cooperate with God and (2) concentrate on His blueprint. Now we turn our attention to the third key to family remodeling: FUMIGATE.
Instead of little termites, we need to fumigate the awful things that we allow into our homes, our minds, and our kids’ minds. First John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” That’s pretty clear—and pretty convicting.
Let me highlight three worldly influences that I see in our homes and families. Here’s the first one: things that we see. You could fill page after page with television programs, movies, and videos that we should not permit in our homes, while a Post-it Note could contain the things that we actually should allow ourselves to view. In practice, though,it’s the opposite! There are very few things that we filter out at all, and the tragic fact is that our minds and hearts are constantly filled with garbage.
I know that our dream is to see our kids love and follow Jesus Christ with their whole hearts, but how is that going to happen if we allow the world’s sewage to be pumped into their minds? The character of Christ cannot be formed in a mind that is filled with garbage. And so I just challenge all of us to consider the things that we allow our families to watch.
Here’s the second worldly influence: things that we hear. Another huge issue in our families is the music that our kids listen to. I am shocked at the naivete of parents who equate the music of twenty years ago with the music of today. The pain, anguish, rage, and wickedness of the world has been transferred directly to the music of our day, yet parents permit their kids to listen to it night after night.
I don’t understand why a dad can’t walk into a room and say, “That’s over. We don’t listen to that in this home. All those CDs—give them to me. We’re done with those right now!” You may think, “I’m going to be very unpopular if I do that.” Fine! Your kids will thank you someday, and God will honor you for your stand. Today there is so much more great Christian music available to our kids than there ever was when I was a student (and struggled myself with listening to music that was contrary to my faith).
Finally, the third worldly influence: public school education. Don’t mistake me. There’s nothing wrong with sending your kids to the public school, but it is very wrong not to evaluatewhat they’re learning or who their friends are. The people with whom our families associate, what they listen to, and what they watch—all of these factors will determine the kind of person each member of our family will become.
I realize that these are radical moves, but the Scripture calls us to be radical. Romans 13:12-14 calls us to “lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light . . . put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” We’re not going to give ourselves any opportunity to sin, because we know that we will. So I say this with great urgency: fumigate! Rid your home and your life of every worldly pollutant.
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