Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music, movies,
books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into
the home or to listen to or see.
One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father
listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a particular
"R" Rated movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was seeing it.
Even church members said it was great. It was only rated "R" because
of the suggestion of sex...they never really showed it. The language was
pretty good...the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the
whole movie. The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and
a bunch of people were blown up, but the violence was just the normal
stuff. It wasn't too bad.
Even if there were a few minor things,
the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed. However,
even with all the justifications the teens made for the "R" rating, the
father still wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a satisfactory
explanation for saying, "No." He just said, "No!"
A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would
like some brownies he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the family's
favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what
it was. The father calmly replied that he had added dog poop.
However, he quickly assured them, it was only a little bit. All other
were gourmet quality and he had taken great care to bake the brownies
at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the brownies
would be superb.
Even with their father's promise that the brownies were
of almost perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted
surprised. After all, it was only one small part that was causing them
to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the
teens held firm and would not try the brownies.
father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just
like the brownies. Our minds are tricking us into believing that just
a little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little bit
of poop makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting
and totally unacceptable. The father went on to explain that even though
the movie industry would have us believe that most of today's movies are
acceptable fare for adults and youth, they are not.
Now when this father's children want to do something or see something they should not, the
father merely asks them if they would like some of his special brownies . . . and they never
ask about that activity again.
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