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Beware of the false gods of our day

Leviticus 18:21 (KJV) — And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

The command of God here is simple: do not sacrifice your children to false gods. Molech was a pagan god of the Amorites, to which among other things, children were offered as sacrifice. The idea of child sacrifice is horrifying and passing through a fire is greatly upsetting. But the command remains for us as children of the true and living God, to not sacrifice our children to false gods.

There are many false gods in this world today fighting for the attention of our children. We have the false gods of entertainment, pleasure, fame, money, power, selfishness and instant gratification. There are many influencers, some in high places, who make a living promoting the attitudes and behaviors that lead our children away from Christ to these false gods. This requires us to be careful with the precious time that we have with our children.

A false god has no demand for righteousness and seeks only one thing; obedience. I notice that everywhere that I go, I see children engaged in their favorite app or watching the latest, greatest You Tube clip or staring at their favorite cartoon character on a tablet or cell phone. When the cartoon is over, the countenance on the face of the youngest of the children is sadness and anger and they let out a roar to signal to their parent or guardian that I need more. When the You Tube video is over, the quest for the next latest and greatest, funniest, wildest, anything may go video begins. Many times it is a video that celebrates behavior that is not always appropriate, at times even shocking, by someone out there who loves the attention that their videos may receive. I often see the child who is lost in a game with an expression that shows no emotion nor do they respond to anything that we say to them at least not the first time. It is as if they are comatose, paralyzed by the task dictated to them by the little screen that they hold in their hand, as they are obediently pressing buttons.

So I ask why are we willing to sacrifice the integrity of a child on the altar of pacification? More often than not the phone or tablet is handed to the child so that the child keeps quiet, still and content. The entertainment found on a tablet or cell phone causes the brain to release neurotransmitters that result in a chemical response that stimulates the brain. This is the same process and same effect for those who are addicted to drugs. The addiction that this leads to will bring the brain to a point of not working properly as its activity decreases and its executive functioning ceases. Doctors in many reports have described the brain of a child who is addicted to a phone, tablet or the internet as having the same characteristics of the brain of one who is addicted to heroin.

We cannot allow our children to become obedient to the false god of technology. If we want a child to learn how to act properly, sit still, not fuss and fight and be content we need to engage them in a way that brings positive growth and development. We need to spend time with them in a way that brings honor and glory to the true and living God. Train the child in the way they should go when they are young so that when they are older they do not depart from it. Teach them about Jesus, model for them Christ like behavior so they know how to live.

We may not be passing our children through the fire of Molech, but we should not be willing to pass them off to the warm glow of a tablet, cell phone or video game either. The false god of technology is still a false god. When it becomes an idol it is now useless and produces no results for our heavenly Father.

Know the way, the truth, and the life; know that no man gets to the Father except through the Son and know where your time and the time of your children is best spent. It is best spent bringing honor and glory to our heavenly Father through serving our Lord Jesus Christ in all that we do at all times.

My love and prayers are with you,

God Bless!

(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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