I was sitting with my toddlers watching Yo Gabba Gabba recently and this quirky little jingle came on about listening. It was cute and catchy and the message was that we should listen to the world around us. I was ok with it all until the following visual filled the screen. It was one of those moments that raises the hackles on the back of your neck.
Yes we want our kids to be good listeners. It’s a great virtue. But what exactly is riding in on that big purple wave pouring into the highly impressionable and vulnerable mind of my child? In teaching them to listen to the world around them what exactly are they hearing? I was left feeling very unsettled as my imagination went crazy with the endless possibilities and combinations of pollution that could possibly be pouring in.
I know how hard I have to work at filtering out the trash. I go to great lengths to avoid that which could lead me away from the true source of light and life and am very careful about the purple ‘wave’ pouring into my own mind. It’s a conscious decision and effort on my part and it’s not always easy! Our society surrounds us with opportunities to watch garbage on tv or listen to music that demeans women and portrays distorted ideas of sex, or read slanderous gossip in magazines. I think about being in high school and sneaking in the latest issue of Cosmo and absorbing all that well researched ‘truth’. I shudder to think that the only Theology of the Body we really had was from a smut magazine loaded with lies and designed to lead impressionable youth directly into sin.
So what about my kids? Not only are they not consciously and willfully looking to avoid that which will defile their innocent minds, at times they actually fight me on it. They are often lured in by the attractive facade that always adorns that which is evil. The evil one is very skilled at his work and especially where our children are concerned. He doesn’t exactly advertise the true consequences awaiting our most vulnerable, but rather hides and lies and deceives.
John 8:44 “He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
He is the Ruler of this world and cunning in his deception so he can lead as many souls astray as possible before he is thrown into the pit of fire forever.
John 12:31 “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.”
So we as followers of Christ are called to be in this world but not of this world
John 15:19 “If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.”