Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV 18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
When Michael Sam was picked 249th in the 2014 NFL draft, emotions ran high, and camera crews were on scene to capture the moment. They didn’t neglect to videotape “the kiss” between Sam and his gay partner, which was seen by millions on TV and the internet, and another controversy was added to fuel the fire of office cooler politics. Producer Seth Markman, who oversees NFL draft coverage for ESPN, said that in the extensive preparation for Sam's possible draft, “we never had one discussion about, ‘What if he's drafted, his partner's there and they kiss?’ Honestly, it never came up.” When Markman's wife explained to their 7-year-old son that dad was busy working on something that was controversial, Sam's kiss on TV, the boy replied: “Is it because they're not married?” Reaction to “the kiss” was mixed…some saw and celebrated it as a bold statement of tolerance and acceptance by ESPN. Others ran to shield the eyes of their children, not wishing to expose them to a worldview that conflicts with what the bible says about relationship and marriage. But blaring in quadraphonic surround sound is a message intended to shame the Christian worldview: “If a 7-year old child sees nothing wrong with two grown men kissing passionately on public television, you must be ignorant, childish, and a bigot.” Regardless as to which side you stand on regarding homosexuality, the point is that we can either relegate authority to the media to shape the minds of our children, or we can do as God commands…and teach them ourselves. Make no mistake about it: Markman’s 7-year old son was indoctrinated with an impressionable and powerful message that will shape his worldview for the rest of his life. If our children are spending more time in front of televisions and the internet, then quality bible teaching time with mom and dad…our children are doomed. Media is a powerful teacher!
Lord, open our eyes; wake us up. Forgive us for neglecting our children. Give us the courage to turn off the TV and password-protect the internet, and help us teach our children the wisdom of Your words.