Just a little Sin
Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their kids why some
movies, music, books, and magazines are not acceptable material
for them -- to see, listen to, or read.
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 don't really show it. The language
is pretty good -- the Lord's name is 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 anything really bad. Even if there
was "just a little" stuff wrong, the special effects were
fabulous and the plot was action packed.
However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the
movie, the father still wouldn't give in. He just said, "No!"
A little later on that evening the father asked his kids if they
would like some brownies he baked -- knowing they loved brownies?
He said that he'd taken the family's favorite recipe and added
"just a little" something extra. The children asked what it was?
The father calmly said that he had added "just a little" dog poop.
However, he quickly assured them, it was "just a little" bit. All
the 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 assurance that the brownies were of almost
perfect quality, the teens would not take any. The father acted
surprised. After all, it was "just a little" small part that was
causing them to reject the brownies.
He said he was certain they would hardly notice "just a little" bit
of dog pooh he had put in the brownies. Still the teens held firm,
and would not try the brownies.
The father then explained to his children how the movie they wanted
to see with "just a little" bit of bad stuff in it was just like the
brownies. Satan tries to enter our minds and our lives by deceiving
us into believing that "just a little" bit of evil won't matter.
The truth is "just a little" bit of of poop makes the difference
between a great treat and something disgusting, which is totally
The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry
would have us believe most of today's movies, with "just a little"
bit of bad stuff, are acceptable for adults and kids, 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 want
some of his special dog poop brownies? That closes the subject.
Put the movie you or your kids really want to see to the ultimate test.
Would you be comfortable taking Jesus with you?
[ Ed: Anonymous -- idea from Cindy ]
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