(from a longer article discussing the evils of the world and the effect on teenagers)
Therefore, my husband and I have come up with a checklist for evaluating the effects of popular culture on our teens:
* Does my teenager regard spiritual exercises (reading the Word, going to church) as dull and boring?
* Does my teen talk more about movies and music than spiritual things? Where is his/her heart?
* Does my teen disdain wholesome, simple fun as beneath him/her?
* Does he/she feel that he/she can only be communicated with through certain forms? (E.g., “This is my music. This is what speaks to me.”)
* Does my teen feel that popularity in a crowd that exalts pop culture is a must-have?
* Does the music my teen listens to exhibit irreverence or a casual attitude toward Christianity (not to mention sex or violence)?
* Does my teen disdain high culture in any way?
* Does my teen constantly push the boundaries, trying to go deeper and deeper into pop culture?
* Does pop culture significantly shape the way my teen dresses, acts, and talks?
* Does my teenager find rough, coarse, or rebellious people attractive?
if the answer to more than one or two of these is “yes,” the teenager’s heart has been drawn into the world. A fast from cultural junk food, along with lots of family discussion that prayerfully and intelligently evaluates art forms, can help purify his heart. We can minimize subjective judgment when we distance ourselves enough from the culture to evaluate it. The books quoted in this article can greatly enhance family studies.
Selah Helms, Family Reformation 72 Comments
[12/12/2008 9:56:39 PM]
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Submitted By: The Lazy One