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How to Talk to Your Kids About Phil Robertson

A lot has been said about Phil Robertson being suspended by A&E. Not much has been said about how to discuss this with our children. My boys are teenagers and it isn’t as easy to hide things happening in society from them. When they asked about why someone who merely spoke abut their beliefs could lose their job I knew I had to think of something fast and it had better be good. They can smell lies, subterfuge, and any general nonsense a mile away. Before I said one thing I prayed the prayer I pray a lot lately.

Lord, God, please put your thoughts in my mind and your words in my mouth. Amen.

It’s a pretty simple prayer yet it’s gotten me through so many trials and temptations. The first thing that came into my head after that was this.

How to talk to your kids about Phil Robertson

 

1. Anything you say can and will be held against you no matter how innocent you might think it was.

We learned this very valuable lesson three years ago when we were going through a legal trial. Words that had one meaning were twisted and bent to serve the prosecution’s case. I was stunned how cunning and vile ways my words could be twisted and with what ease it can be done. It has made me be very, very careful in what I type onto social media platforms or say anywhere in public. Which bring me to my next point.

2. Anything you say can be blasted around the world in a nanosecond.

You might think you are talking to a friend, or a friendly acquaintance, in the comfort of your home. Let’s not forget that just about everyone owns a smart phone that has a connection to several social media platforms. I have Facebook, and Twitter, and Google+ for starters. Within seconds after hitting send hundreds can see what I thought. Any of those can then share with their friends with leads us into the thousands. While we have our Freedom of Speech we must be aware, so does everyone else. Sure, go ahead and say what you want but be aware others have the same capability and they might not always agree with you. If you’re lost about that refer back to rule #1. Don’t for a minute think that everything you say was received by a friend or friendly person either. Which leads us to rule #3.

 3. Satan was smiling while he talked to Eve.

I am certain that Phil believed the GQ reporter was a nice fella. After all, they had spent the day together. It was only after Phil had brought the man into his humble abode and relaxed in his favorite chair that he let his guard down and started rambling in the way that he does. He felt no fear, mainly because he’s a man after God’s heart, but also because he had become comfortable around the man.

I don’t think we should let our guard down that easily with people we barely know. Some might disagree with this stance. How are we to make friends or witness for God? Hear me out on this one. There is a time and place for everything. In this day and age, we have to understand there is a battle between principalities and forces unseen waging as we speak. It is getting louder and louder every day and coming closer and closer. We can’t just spout off what we believe without understanding rules 1 through 3. If we are going to proselytize or just stand our ground we have to know these rules by heart before we even open our mouths.

That brings me back to my little prayer.

 Lord, God, please put your thoughts in my mind and your words in my mouth. Amen.

Finally, the forces of evil aren’t done with Phil, or his family. When you put yourself out there as disciples of Christ you make yourself a clear and easy mark for Satan. As the End Time draws nearer and nearer he and minions will try any and every thing to take as many followers down with them as possible. Which brings me to the last rule.

4. Be willing to stand on that rock even as the tide draws nearer. You will have to cling to it as the winds pick up. 

Let’s be clear, I am raising my sons to be Disciples of Christ, not just followers. A follower can wander around with a prophet picking up his crumbs here and there. A Disciple is someone who is willing to lay down his life so he can be like the Teacher and to do the tough things the Teacher did. It concerns me greatly that prophets have warned that many will fall away in the Last Days. I’ve been reading about how the Nazis tortured and killed many believers. Now it seems everyone who disagrees has gotten in the act and killing Christians. While that may be happening over there it will soon come to a shore near me and you.

That’s why I don’t just teach my children the Bible verses. I teach them the history of the time as well. I teach them to think about why we should, and should not, do things. I teach them what the opposing views are. I teach them to think for themselves. I never want them to say, “Well, that’s what my momma taught me.”

I teach my boys about our Savior, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. I teach them about God, the one true God. I teach them the ten commandments. I teach them every single word of the Bible in most of its versions. Most importantly, I teach them to always pray before opening their mouths,

Lord, God, please put your thoughts in my mind and your words in my mouth. Amen.    CLICK TO TWEET

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  • http://www.happyandblessedhome.com Monica

    Great parenting wisdom here. Thanks for sharing. Pinned on a board for Christian Inspiration. Monica

  • http://www.homeschooladventure.com Stacy Farrell

    “Let’s be clear, I am raising my sons to be Disciples of Christ, not just followers. A follower can wander around with a prophet picking up his crumbs here and there. A Disciple is someone who is willing to lay down his life so he can be like the Teacher and to do the tough things the Teacher did…. I teach them to think about why we should, and should not, do things. I teach them what the opposing views are. I teach them to think for themselves….. Most importantly, I teach them to always pray before opening their mouths.”

    Yes! Wise. Thank you for raising your sons to be “men who understand the times”!

    • Jackie Ryan Masek

      Hi, Stacy! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I’ve learned that it’s very important to understand the times after teaching the boys “Philosophy Adventures”.

  • Lynnette

    Good “food-for-thought” and prayer.

    • Jackie

      Thank you so much, Lynnette! Our brains do need good food for thought and prayer these days, don’t they?

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