22nd July 2013

The Explicit Age 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
 

If you were a child 50 to 60 years ago, you probably grew up in a sheltered environment. For parents and grandparents today it is a lot harder to protect your child’s mind and emotions from what would have been regarded as strictly adult themes in the past. Newspapers’ reporting of rape cases now contain almost all the details. Television programmes leave nothing to the imagination. Then there is the relatively new problem of internet pornography. Even in magazines aimed at children there are articles, questions and answers on explicit themes that would have been shocking not that long ago. Swear words that most men would never use in front of a woman in the past are now part of TV programmes, comics’ acts and the vocabulary of men, woman and children today. 

Recently Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge have both featured prominently in the news media because of nude and semi nude photos taken of them in different circumstances. The older generation are still mostly shocked by this while the younger generation are mildly amused or indifferent. 

These aspects of today’s society lead to a lot of heartbreak and pain. In all of this, how do parents protect their children from the wrong values and the ‘anything goes’ attitude in today’s society? What about God? Does the bible have anything to say to people today who live, work and grow up in what we could call the explicit age? In this explicit age, moral instruction from the Bible is not always welcomed but it is the book which shows you how to live in a balanced way and enjoy life without harming yourself or others. It is not a book about living a miserable, judgemental, self-righteous life looking down on other people. It’s about having fun and right values which will help you avoid the pitfalls of the explicit age. We have to live in the world we have and enjoy it, not in the world we would like to have. It is not a passport to a world in which we never do wrong things or make mistakes. 

Simply reading the Bible will help, but to understand it well, it helps to hear sound Bible-based preaching and be in a friendly environment where you can ask questions. That’s why we invite you to attend one of our local churches. We are not about condemning the world and everyone in it. We are about sharing God’s love for all humanity. 

The explicit age is not going away and will probably get worse, but learning about God’s love and right values for yourself and your family may save you and them a lot of heartbreak. 

Prayer
Father, there are challenges and pressures today for parents and children that are unique to this time. Protect the hearts and minds of our young people and help them to absorb right values and have the courage to live by them.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick 

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 keithhartrickAbout the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, a Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

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Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone:  01484-312347
Email: malcolm.john.arnold@ntlworld.com

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