As parents we are to ensure that our children are guided to entertainment that does not detract from their call to holy living for God’s glory. Here are some Scriptural benchmarks or checks that will help govern our family entertainment choices.
Our children are constantly exposed to and pursuing various forms of entertainment. We have an opportunity as dads to direct them to the perfect guide that can help them think through and wisely consume all forms of entertainment. Let’s go to God’s wonderful Word to find truths and principles that can guide our kids’ entertainment choices.
The Bible is your best parenting power tool, but you must know how to use it. 2 Timothy 3:16–17 says that the Bible has four uses, the first of which is “doctrine.” We use the Bible for doctrine when we instill a Christian worldview into our children using the Bible.
Genesis chapters 1-11 present simple realities about God, us, and our relationship to him. In a sense, we find the central core of absolute truth in these chapters in the form of timeless and central realities our children can understand. These are truths that we are responsible to teach them, to show them.
How do you get your teenager to behave in a manner pleasing to God? How do you help him or her grow into a committed disciple of Jesus Christ? According to the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:17–32, you must begin with the gospel. New birth produces new behavior.
In the last article, guest writer Andrew French charted the current obstacles to developing the dominion mandate in our children. This follow up article offers four concrete solutions to help children and teens embrace their God-given ability to work.