In recent days the headlines have been buzzing with the performance exploits of a certain young entertainer. She presented herself onstage as someone who was not constrained by any sense of right or wrong, proper or improper public behavior. And much of the nation was shocked!
And why were we shocked?
Why, because this young lady started out portraying a wholesome image, and parents (many of them Christian) put their stamp of approval on her by encouraging the idolization of their young daughters for her. Her motivation for wholesomeness apparently wasn’t based in pleasing God, therefore did she ever get off track! Then when she went to the ‘dark side’ suddenly these same parents were horrified at the influence this young lady might now have over their daughters.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness, who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20 HCSB
A commentary on this verse nails it when it comes to describing what is going on in our country today:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil,…. That call evil actions good, and good actions evil; that excuse the one, and reproach the other; or that call evil men good, and good men evil; Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Let’s face it, we live in a country that is seeing the verse in Isaiah 5:20 played out in almost every level of society and in every venue. How did we get so far off track? A quote from my book should shed some light.
“… allowing society to have more of an influence on our understanding … than we allowed God to have.” pp. 76-77 Fiery Darts
In chapter 7 of Fiery Darts: Satan’s Weapon of Choice, I make the point that loving God and pleasing Him (not the world) is the best motivation in determining how we should behave.
When we have a clearer understanding of true love then much will change in our lives depending on the extent of our level of what we have misunderstood. We will want to change things like our dress, our attitudes, our activities, our speech and the manner in which we behave towards others. When we are motivated by a pure love for God, then we will want to please Him in all our ways as 1 Timothy 4:1a points out, “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God,…” (NIV) Therefore, when we identify things in our lives that don’t please God, we will desire to eliminate those things.
If you identify things in the lives of others that do not please God, why would you want to give them the preciousness of your focus and admiration? When you choose your objects of admiration, make sure their ways please God.
So parents and young people alike. Your focus and admiration is a valuable commodity and it should be directed toward those who are worthy. Don’t throw away your admiration on someone who has fame and fortune just because they have fame and fortune, Duh!.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Proverbs 14:12, HCSB
Remember, fiery darts are designed to make something that is bad look good. Just like it says in Proverbs, it may look good to man but it’s a dead end path.
So what must you do as parents? Model for your children what is worthy of our admiration and what is not. Talk about why it’s worthy or not worthy. Be smart about what the Word says about those seeking our children’s attention and direct them towards those whose ways please God. And most of all:
Dig deep into the Word of God so you will not be deceived by fiery dart thinking and pass what you learn there along to your children.
I have been thinking this same thing for a while now. You have put it into words so eloquently!