Food for thought…train up a child


Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

I was shopping at Wal-Mart yesterday in search of a new Bible for my oldest son.  He was required to bring one to school and I realized that all that we own are adult Bibles or picture Bibles.  So, he came home after the first day of school and said he was the only boy in the class with a “baby Bible”.  So I ventured off to Wal-Mart, I couldn’t find the book section because apparently they moved it.  I asked a manager if they have Bibles and she brought me to the aisle where the books are located, at the end of the shelf at the very bottom was a tiny section, she said “this is what is left of them”.  I asked if they had any children’s Bibles and she said “well we used to but we don’t stock them anymore”.  I responded with “why?” She said “well we just don’t sell them that much.”  I took my time to read through the small section of Bibles that they had, as I was thinking what a shame it is that they don’t carry children’s Bibles, I looked to see what they DO carry.  Do you know what books they do carry? They carry books about magic, and they carry A LOT of fiction books about romance, actually almost the entire book section was filled with these fiction books, you know, the ones that have a half dressed woman on the front and she’s floating in the clouds dreaming about the affair she is about to have.  Do you know what is ironic about this? The town that I live in has a RAP box in a lot of the stores and businesses around the town.  RAP stands for Read Around Perry.  This is basically a mailbox that is filled with books and you can pick one up, read it, and return it to the mailbox at any location.   Last year I stopped at Perry High School to drop off paperwork for some new kids that would be attending our school.  As I was waiting to for the secretary to come, I opened the RAP box to see what books were inside.  Do you know what I found? The same thing that I found at Wal-Mart, fiction romance novels!!!

This is what parents are allowing their children to read.  We are replacing the Bible section with romance novels! Doesn’t it make sense that 70% of girls are having sex in high school.  Doesn’t it make sense that the divorce rate is so high? These books are fairy tales, they are not reality, and this is what people are pumping their heads with. 

We as Christians must’nt follow this trend, we need to be willing to swim upstream.  We need to be faithful to teach our children right from wrong.  We need to be faithful to pour into them each day, and pray, pray, pray that God would keep our children because He is able to keep us from stumbling.

We will give an account before God as to how we trained our children, what we allowed our children to read and watch.  Are you training your child in the way that they should go, or are you allowing a romance novel to infiltrate the life of your child?  Maybe for some it’s not a romance novel, maybe its a gossip magazine, maybe its a TV show, the BIBLE should be what we allow to infiltrate our children! May we stand as Christian parents and train our children in a way that is pleasing to God.

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  1. Mary Lee Page says:

    Well said Marissa!

  2. Very true. I also have been thinking~ how wonderful it would be if we open a book store at the church! ? This idea doesn’t want to leave my head for several months now 🙂

    • Alla, I have thought about a library in the past also. Maybe I’ll mention it to the pastors. Thanks for visiting!! 🙂