Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lazy Rules

I recently read a blog post about the top 10 ways not to yell at your kids. (I'm exaggerating a little; I don't know that there was actually 10, but there were plenty.) The notion struck me as a little ridiculous.

Since the dawn of time, men have tried to come up with rules to live holy lives. God gave the first rules, the Old Testament law, whose sole purpose was to make people realize that they couldn't live holy lives on their own. The law points us to our need for a Savior.

Many well-meaning Christians have tried to come up with guidelines for movies that are acceptable, such as only allowing their children to watch G-rated movies. First of all, why trust Hollywood to tell you what is acceptable? But more importantly, have you ever noticed that some G-rated movies are worse than some PG ones?

Bottom line: God calls us to practice discernment. (Hebrews 5:14) Legalism is just laziness. It means we aren't using wisdom or dependence on God's guidance to make good decisions; we are only relying on a set of rules.
Rely on God whose grace is always sufficient.

ETA: I just rechecked the blog post I was referencing and there really were 10. Dave Letterman would have been proud. {snicker}


Stack said...

I agree...especially on movies...some that are G are just ridiculous and some that are PG are really good and full of good lessons...but MOST are just junk. You can't EVER just go by some magic rating..

Lissy Poo said...

I agree also! So many G movies have no bad language but plenty of bad attitudes for the children to learn from. So many showing a child sinning then never being punished or reaping consequences. We hardly do movies for entertainment anymore b/c they are just too hard to find!

Oh, and I was hoping this post was a tip on how to whip my child's laziness....