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 PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else
was seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only
rated PG-13 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. And, 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 '13'
rating, the father still wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his
children a satisfactory explanation for saying, "No." He just said,
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 ingredients
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.
The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was
just like the brownies. Satan tries to enter our minds and our homes by
deceiving 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 see something that is of
questionable material, the father merely asks them if they would like
some of his special dog poop brownies.