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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Just a Little Sin

Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their children why some films, 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 favourite 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 film, the father still wouldn't give in. He just said, "No!"

A little later on that evening the father asked his children if they would like some brownies he had baked -- knowing they loved brownies? He said that he'd taken the family's favourite 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 pooh. 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" 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 film they had 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 pooh makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting, which is totally unacceptable.

The father went on to explain that even though the film industry would have us believe most of today's films, with "just a little" bit of bad stuff, are acceptable for adults and children, they are not.

Now, when this father's children want to see something that is of questionable material, he merely asks them if they want some of his special dog pooh brownies? That closes the subject.

Put the film you or your children really want to see to the ultimate test. Would you be comfortable taking Jesus with you?


CRW said...

Wow, comparing gay relationships to dog s**t.

That's a new low.

C.Brian Ross said...

I have published your comment, as to not have done so would have left me open to the charge of censorship! However, I do hope that you return to check, and that you will then add a further comment pinpointing any reference to homosexual/lesbian relationships anywhere in this particular post!
Thank you.

CRW said...

In the next post you link a video from C4M to this analogy.

You did when I made the comment anyway, perhaps you have edited it now.

C.Brian Ross said...

Ahh! Please be assured - nothing has been edited (I only edit typos). The "tenuous" link was in the word "little".

Hope you're not too disappointed!

Nick said...

Good point about films Mr Ross. I think there is a problem with many films using violence as entertainment - prolonged and exaggerated fight scenes for instance, which are totally unrealistic in the sense that real violence is not a choreographed ritual but the result of unbridled hatred and evil.

I don't think it is possible to shield children entirely from violence though. For instance, how can you have a film about WW2 without some violence? I think it is important to show such things in their proper context - a breakdown of morality and human nature at its worst.

C.Brian Ross said...

Thank you, Nick. Blessings, and shalom.