My children said, “Look mom. Half the lights are out on that sign.” We were on spring break in North Myrtle Beach. Looking up to see what sign they were talking about, I was mortified. Their attention was on a restaurant sign, but the name of the restaurant? Dirty Dicks.
Sinking in my seat, I said, “Yep, it sure is!” The giggling that followed from the back seat let me know they actually read the sign and more than likely knew what it meant. My husband looked at me like, is this really happening? Are they really old enough to know the inappropriate, underlying meaning of that sign?
One of the biggest issues I have with raising my children isn’t teaching them the truth. It’s not even living out the Word in front of them. It’s simply protecting them. There are so many outside factors and influences.
For years I’ve been singing them the children’s song…be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little feet where you go, be careful little ears what you hear, and hands what you do, and so on. There’s so much truth in that little song…the Father up above is looking down in love, be careful little eyes what you see. I’m not above reminding them of those lyrics to this day!
Our children are saturated at every turn with what the world says is normal. But what’s ok in the world and what God says is okay are two different things.
We have restaurants with names like Hooters, Dicks, and Dirty Dicks. The fact that we as a society have reduced ourselves to selling food in association to private body parts is disgusting to me. And why anyone would actually want to eat at any of these is beyond me. What in the world? People say, “I like Hooters because they have good wings.” Really? Really!!
It’s sad. Sex sells.
It’s really disturbing to me that I can’t walk through the mall with my children without them being exposed to soft porn.
Victoria has given away all of her secrets, and then some. But Victoria’s not the only one. Half naked men and women are plastered all over the walls in the mall. Honestly, the majority don’t notice it anymore. We have become so desensitized to it in our culture, most people tend to brush it off and think it’s no big deal.
As I’m writing this I’m reminded of what the truth says. God warns us that it’s a slow fade to sin. Sin doesn’t normally just happen overnight. It’s birthed over time.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin;
and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. -James 1:14-16
This is a bold warning. I’m pretty sure if I’d known this several years ago, it might’ve helped keep me out of some of the trouble I found myself in. Sin starts with a desire. I would venture to say desire probably starts in the mind or with the eyes. Then the desire is conceived. A seed has been planted. It grows and gives birth to sin. And sin in its fullest will inevitably lead to death.
Wow. Life hinges on obedience to the Lord. Death hinges on disobedience.
I’m convinced the only way to avoid trouble in this life for ourselves and our children is to know this stuff and live by it. If we don’t know what God says, how can we live it? We have to fall in love with God’s words, hide them in our hearts, and act on them. And whatever we do, we must ask for and proceed with Godly wisdom in raising up the next generation.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach (without finding fault), and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting… ~James 1:5-6