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What does reaching Hollywood have to do with the precious life Im carrying
and will deliver soon after you receive this issue? Well, actually, quite a
lot, and heres why.
In preparation for this big event, Bryan and I have been taking an in-depth
Bible study on bringing up our children with godly standards and principles.
Were learning about Gods mandate for parents to live our lives in a manner that
reflects His Life in us. Were learning that, because of the short attention
spans of the children God has entrusted to us, we must take care to model His
love with consistency. For example, we will strive not to be rude or mean to
others, and we will explain that the reason is because all people are
precious to God.
As our soon-to-be-born daughter matures, we will build on this and other
messages to fill her moral warehouse with the messages that would please and
honor God. We already strive to both explain and model these messages to her
six-year-old brother, Calem. He, of course, is already applying such simple
concepts as Gods love for all to specific people, such as his classmates and
So what about Hollywoodor, more broadly, the entertainment industry and
other cultural gatekeepers? Naturally, as parents were mindful of the influence
that television and movies have on children. In our Bible study we learned that
it takes five hours of parental influence to combat each hour of negative
messages instilled by the media into the hearts of our children. Wow! It seems
we have a real battle on our hands.
So I will take On Missions advice about monitoring our childrens
exposure to the media. But what else? As a new mother, I plan to teach caution
but also love. The gatekeepers to our culture are precious to God,
even if they dont know Him. And I want my children to learn that reaching out
with the gospel is a better and more powerful response than shrinking back in
Inevitably, they will encounter the entertainment and intellectual culture
of North America. But when they do, I want their hearts to cry out for a
changed people and a changed culture. This means changed hearts. This message,
I pray, is Gods Life in me.
Missy Newby, design editor
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