Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This will make someone mad. 31 Days Transforming My Quiet Time Day 12

This morning, I was catching up in Ezekiel. Instead of one chapter, I needed to read two. (Chapters 33 and 34) As I read chapter 33, verses 30-32 seemed very, well...strong to me. They made me think of other scriptures and I honestly thought about my 8th grade girls lesson tonight and how it tied into what we'll be discussing. And then...

I checked twitter. I saw a tweet that just absolutely burned me up and THIS passage immediately came back to mind. But this time, it came as a challenge to me.

First here is what Ezekiel 33:30-32 say. (This is from the ESV)

As for you, son of man, your people who talk together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, say to one another, each to his brother, 'Come, and hear what the word is that comes from the LORD.' And they come to you as people come, and they sit before you as my people, and they hear what you say but they will not do it; for with lustful talk in their mouths they act; their heart is set on their gain. And behold, you are to them like one who sings lustful songs with a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument, for they hear what you say, but they will not do it.

Oh, it gets better...read it from The Message.

As for you, son of man, you've become quite the talk of the town. Your people meet on street corners and in front of their houses and say, 'Let's go hear the latest news from God.' They show up, as people tend to do, and sit in your company. They listen to you speak, but don't do a thing you say. They flatter you with compliments, but all they care about is making money and getting ahead. To them you're merely entertainment—a country singer of sad love songs, playing a guitar. They love to hear you talk, but nothing comes of it.

So here is the tweet that burned me up.

On the cover of Seventeen Magazine: Be His Best Hook-Up Yet!

As a mom of a teen and a tween I am absolutely infuriated at this, but at the very same time, God is convicting me.

Convicting me that we Christian moms have spent a little too much time doing church and "churchy" activities. We have listened to pastors, Bible teachers, worship leaders speak. We have said "Amen" and "That's so true" and then we walk away and live life.

We watch the same television shows the world does because it is "just entertainment".

We listen to the same music because we "admire the talent of the artist".

We dress in the latest styles and trends regardless of whether or not it's modest because we "need to be relevant".

The list could go on and on. But this morning.

This morning when I read that tweet...I got physically sick because in all our attempts to fit in or be well liked...

We have sacrificed personal holiness on the alter of being "relevant."

The purity of our daughters mind, body and emotions are now being assaulted.

As Christian parents, God has called us to more. It's time to makes some changes.

It's time to as James demands...quit being hearers only! (James 1:22)

It's time we quit saying things like "well...it's okay for them to listen, watch, read (fill in the blank) because they know what the truth is and it's just entertainment." Sorry. Not an excuse.

Three times it says in Song of Solomon Do not arouse or awaken love. THREE times. (2:7, 3:5 and 8:4) The vast majority of media (T.V. Music, Magazines, Books) our children are exposed to, are nothing but an alarm clock to passion. And this alarm clock? Well, until we say "I do" should NOT be ringing.

Here is what God pressed on my heart.

As Christian parents it's time to stop wimping out in regards to our children's emotional, physical and spiritual purity.

WE, have to be willing to take a stand. Willing to say "no". Willing to change what we allow to invade our homes. Through the television, the clothes we purchase, the books we read. And not just for our children, for ourselves.

We have to stop being "churchy" and be Christlike.

It's time we stop allowing culture to influence our homes and start asking God..."is this acceptable for our family."

Will we be asked to walk away from all sorts of things that right now may seem okay? Yes, we probably will. Philippians 4:8. I know at least 80% of what is in my DVR right now turns the stomach of God.

Will it be hard? Yes. Isaiah 55:8 His thoughts and ways are not mine and His, are much purer than mine.

Will we be faced with questions from family, friends and even other believers? Yes.


Is it really necessary to set ourselves apart and be so extreme? Yes. Why?

Because as 1 Peter 1:13-16 says,

Therefore, preparing your minds for action,and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,since it is written, "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

1 Peter 5:8 tells us that our enemy is waiting to devour us. We don't have time to worry about sticking out or being strange.

The physical, emotional and spiritual health of our children are at stake.

Mom and Dad, it's time to quit having our ears tickled and start applying what God's word says to our everyday life.

12 comments:

Cindy said...

You are correct, we are in fight for the souls of our teens and tweens. And we must be set apart, or the world will swallow them up.

My children are in their 20's now, but they are still being pulled by the world. My prayers are with you Stephanie, and those who still have children at home. We must never waver in trying to be like Christ.

Dedra said...

I am standing up clapping and encouraging on! It is hard.. but so worth the intentional parenting based on His Word!! Our time to influence our kiddos is so short.. we must do our jobs well. Love you!

jenmom said...

Very well said! We sacrifice our children far too much on the altar of relevancy and unholy attempts at "engaging the culture".

Gosh Steph...I didn't know you could preach girl :)

Speaking Thru Me Ministries said...

Oh girl - that didn't make me mad - I was screaming in the room I am subbing in - Preach it!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!! I too am a mom of teens and tweens!! I am scared out of my wits - not because I think that God wont be faithful or something - but because I am afraid I will not be faithful to raise them right and keep saying no. Thank you so much for this encouragement!!! I love it sister!! awesome - keep pressing into Him!!! Love, Leigh

Gayle @ TrainingOlives said...

Boy are you getting a HEARTY "Amen" from me on this! We are called to be set apart; different from this world, and while that isn't the easiest road... well, neither was Jesus' road easy.

connorcolesmom said...

AMEN!!
My husband and I stand firm in the truths of God and we DO NOT allow anything that will offend God in our home - no excuses.
We got rid of cable and have locks on our computers. None of our kids have cell phones and we do not allow certain types of music (we do not limit the kids to only Christian music but we do monitor lyrics and content)
Way to bring this to light steph!

Carol said...

Well said! Girl you are on fire!!! Awesome word in this. Funny, God has been saying some of the same things to me. Go read my post "Did you Inhale?" if you have a chance. :)

Love you girl!!

Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

I am sharing this! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Thanks for taking a stand. It grieves me so as well yet I must check my own heart.
Much love,
Ang

Kate said...

You might want to think about submitting this somewhere for a wider audience to read. Powerful and prophetic (in the sense that they never shied from the hard stuff).

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Well, you know I am all about this with my Legacy message and the Bible study. I say Amen to your post, my friend.

fuzzytop said...

Great, great post Stephanie. You are absolutely speaking truth here.

Adrienne

MaryAnn said...

Amazing! God is speaking! We never stop praying for our children and grandchildren and ourselves. Sold out, strong men and women of faith everyday.