with a difference!
Many parents are working hard to explain to their
children and teens why some video games, music,
movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable
for them to bring into their home.
One parent came up with an original idea that was
hard to refute. He listened to all the reasons
his children gave for wanting to see a particular
PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors.
Everyone else was seeing it. Even church members
said it was great. It was only rated PG-13
because of the suggestion of sex. They never
really showed it. The language was pretty good.
They only used the Lord's name in vain three
times in the whole movie. The video effects were
fabulous, and the plot was action-packed. Yes
there was the scene where a bunch of people and a
building got blown up, but the violence was just
the normal stuff. It wasn't very bad.
Even with all these explanations for the rating,
the father wouldn't give in. He didn't even give
them a satisfying explanation for saying,
"No." He just said, "No."
A little later that evening, this same father
asked his teens if they would like some brownies
he had prepared. He explained that he had taken
the favorite family recipe and added something
new. They asked what it was. He calmly replied he
added a special ingredient-----dog poop.
He stated that there was only a little dog poop
in the brownies. All the other ingredients were
gourmet quality. He had taken great care to bake
the brownies at the precise temperature for the
exact time. He was sure the brownies would be
superb. Even with all the explanations of the
perfect attributes of the brownies, the teens
would not try one.
The father acted surprised. There was only one
little element that would have caused them to act
so stubbornly. He assured them that they would
hardly notice the difference, if at all. But they
all held firm and would not try the brownies.
He then explained that the movie they wanted to
see was just like the brownies. Sin enters our
minds and our homes by deceiving us into
believing that just one little bit of evil won't
matter. With the brownies, just a little bit
makes all the difference between a great brownie
and a totally unacceptable product. He explained
that even though the movie people would have us
believe the movies that are coming out are
acceptable for adults and youths to see, they are
Now when this father's children want to do
something they should not, their father merely
asks them if they would like some of his special
and they never ask about that activity again.
By Anette Nay
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