Read 2 Timothy 3:12-17
It's like culture is constantly with us. Our phones are with us all the time. We've got iPads out. It's on TV, in every house, and often, in every room. There's a constancy to what culture is pouring into our thinking. And it's pervasive. It's not like we can look at our children and say, “Hey, knock it off. Get off that device.” It's actually a problem for me. I look up from my iPhone to see my kids consumed with their iPhones. And it's just a constant problem for all of us. It's not like we can point our finger at our kids and say, “Hey, you need to knock it off.” It's that we need to knock it off as well. So it's constant, it's pervasive.
It draws us in because it's true that our culture is trying to get us to buy something, to do something, to believe something.
And it runs, and it drives that agenda regardless of the platform. There's an agenda on that platform. And I want to challenge you as a parent, that the answer to that is a lot bigger than saying, “Hey, what's your screen time for the week?”. It's really a lot more of “How can I as a parent, so be in love with God myself, that that's where I'm finding my satisfaction?”. I'm going back to the truth of scripture. I'm going back to the truth of scripture to learn about a God that I love - a God that satisfies me - that whenever I'm drawn away from my God, because this cute little thing over here on this device is tempting me or I'm getting tired, and it's good to just veg in front of the TV for a while, that I have a little bit of longing and maybe eventually becomes a real strong longing that actually pulls me off the couch to go back and get the scriptures. That the Scriptures become so vital and so important to me that I'm then teaching my children naturally.
I'm opening the Scriptures to help them learn how to be satisfied.
It's taking these truths and it says here, “but as for you continue in what you've learned and in firmly believe, knowing from whom you have learned it, (your background, your environment, where you grew up, how you learn these things) and how from a childhood, you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ. Jesus. All Scripture is breathed by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work” and that's what we want for our children. We want our children to not just be competent and go out to have a good paying job, or to be able to hold a marriage together. Those are the good things, but that's not the thing. The thing is that our children might so fall in love with God, and that's not going to happen through the culture’s theme park. It's going to happen because we take the time in the scripture to learn who God is, and to fall in love with the God of the Scriptures that we might be not conformed to this world, but as it says, in Romans 12, we might be transformed by the renewing of our minds. It wouldn't be captured by the world's ideologies, but we would be captured by the truth of God's Word. And we might parent through tough times for the struggles that we face today and the culture at hand.
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