However, I'm a mom, and a mom to a small army of various ages and temperments and maturity, so I don't get to sit around and discuss great music and fluffy little kitties all the time. In fact, I get to sit around and discuss things that are often high tension and fueled by high standards, and high expectations.
• The culture we live in• Personal holiness• Honor• Image• Responsibility
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Obviously this issue is certainly not exclusive to our generation of kids. Our own parents (and theirs before them, and so on) dealt with the same kinds of issues. The whole “Elvis the Pelvis” thing in the 50’s (or was it the 60’s?) comes to mind. Indeed every generation of parents, and every generation of kids goes through this to one degree or another.
I am convinced though, that this particular generation of kids is being immersed in a deviant culture unlike any before it, in western society. I’ve asked parents who are older than me, that have raised their kids in my generation and they agree that it’s much worse, and most are glad they’re not still raising their kids, in this culture.
Indeed it’s a battle. The solution? Holy living, teaching them what’s right, reinforcing that every single day in word, thought and deed, vigorous prayer for them and with them, fellowship with a local church body that also reinforces these same Godly standards, and constant communication with your kids.
While it may be impossible to know first-hand what it’s like to be a teenager in our modern culture, it’s not impossible to display a standard for them in their own house, where they can see the difference between the message of the culture and the life of a genuine Christian. That’s our job, our duty, and our responsibility, as their parents. We persevere and we pray and we keep talking to them. We hope God’s word is being cultivated in their hearts and blasting away the message of modern society.
Then, at the end of the day, we might be able to take a deep breath and discuss good food, great music, and fluffy little kitties.