Apple, Pornography, and being a Parent

This POST by Al Mohler is worth reading.

It is conceded that Steve Jobs may not be making such decisions based on religious (or even moral) convictions, but we can be thankful for at least the appearance of a conscience on the matter.  This by no means that parents should allow their kids free run of the computer or iTunes.  There are plenty of vile movies, music, music videos that you can obtain there.  Even if you’ve disabled Safari on their iPhones, you need to disable Youtube and the App store as well (there are web browsers you can get there apart from Safari).  Basically, be a parent and guard your kids.

This is a main charge for us biblically.  We are to protect and guard, shepherd these young ones while in our care.  We want to teach and train them in the gospel and for a love for Christ.  However, we are still dependent upon the sovereign, gracious work of God for salvation.  In a sense, we somewhat resemble the Law in Leviticus, giving detail of God’s expectations and gracious offerings of forgiveness, always pointing to the need for a Redeemer.  Paul called the law a “guardian” until the time of Christ:

24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. – Galatians 3:24-25

Guard your children with the truth, and pray that the wind-like Spirit would blow into their lives and bring them to saving faith.  In the mean time, may we as a church encourage one another in this sometimes tumultuous role of guardian, to be encouraged and steadfast for the glory of God.  Remember, it profits nothing for you to gain the whole world and lose your soul.  Don’t raise children that leave your house with a message that jobs, education, money is their chief pursuit…it must be Christ.

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