This is the final installment of my students' writings on raising kids to be pure as based on James 1:27 which states:
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
A few days ago, I sent a link to several of our female faculty members about someone who takes a radically opposing point of view. If you want to read it, click below but be warned, it will make some of you angry. (Please read what these three young ladies wrote first!)
I will raise my kids enjoying Bible songs, and playing musical instruments. But to do this I would use reverse-psychology, and tell them they can't because with kids being naive, I will get them to want to do it. I will try to make sure they are more active outdoors. I will introduce them to sports and God. But when they become older, I am going to restrict what they can watch, read, and who their friends are. I know this sounds unreasonable, but by doing these very small things, they will turn out OK over time. I want them to be raised through God, so they will know what is to come and what to do in specific situations, where their faith will be tested. I will be honest with them, and tell them what I expect to hear from them. I will teach them why this is inappropriate for their eyes and ears to hear or see. I will control what comes out of their mouths since I can't control what happens in their minds.
I aspire to raise my kids in a Christian, loving home, but I don't want to shelter my kids too much because when they leave me, they'll try to experience all the bad things, and they might fall off the deep end. I think I would censor some things like TV shows, music, and Internet access, but if my kids are trustworthy then I'm going to tell them the differences of right and wrong, and trust them to make the right decisions on their own. I don't want to be too strict because then my child would try to sneak around and do things, and that causes for a strained relationship and dysfunctional home. I want to be able to trust my kids, and have a great relationship with them.
In order to keep my children pure I would have to stress the Bible, and God's word. Based on personal experiences, I wouldn't try to block every inch of sin in the world because in order to keep away from it you must at least have an idea of its power. There is no possible way I could keep sin from my children. The world acquires way too much filth. I would put limits on certain things.
Link from Huffington Post: