|Category||Christian School Comment|
|Title||47.6 The Danger From Within|
|Author/s||Dr. Barrett Mosbacker, Dan Egeler|
|Preview||What's the greatest danger your children face? I'm sure several possibilities come to your mind. But perhaps we, as loving parents, overlook two far more insidious dangers.|
What's the greatest danger your children face? I'm sure several possibilities come to your mind. But perhaps we, as loving parents, overlook two far more insidious dangers. I've invited Dr. Barrett Mosbacker, head of Briarwood Christian School (Birmingham, Alabama), to explain the first in this two-part series about dangers to our children. -Dan Egeler
My love for my children and grandchildren runs deep; I wouldn't hesitate to give my life for them. You would do the same for yours. God has ingrained in all parents a potent instinct to love, nurture, and protect their children. This instinct is so strong that even most strangers are compelled to protect children. This is good and holy-but we must know what to protect them from
Bullies, pedophiles, inattentive drivers, incompetent teachers, germs, the sewer of immorality spewing from the entertainment industry: our children face many outside threats to their wellbeing. But the most prevalent and pernicious threats lurk within our children's souls and within the warm embrace of their homes.
In anticipation of the new Star Wars film, my family and I rewatched the series. In one of the most poignant scenes, young Luke Skywalker is being mentored by the great Jedi Master, Yoda. Before Luke enters the Dagobah Cave, Yoda warns him of the Dark Side-which resides within him. Describing the cave scene, Dan Zehr writes:
The use of the cave as a metaphor has long been a powerful symbol of what lies beneath the surface.... It is a metaphorical journey into the window of one's inner self, and just as Luke explores the inner sanctum of the cave on Dagobah, he must also journey within himself to face his biggest fears ... he ... faces inner turmoil through the revelation of what he may become once he sees the visage of his face entombed in the black mask of the beheaded Dark Lord.... When Yoda is asked by Luke what is in the cave, Yoda responds, "Only what you take with you."
"Only what you take with you." What Luke takes with him into the cave is fear and his own depraved nature, which, if not recognized and controlled, will consume him just as it did his father.
Like young Skywalker, our children are far more vulnerable to what lurks within them than anything on the outside. The gravest danger our children face is what they take with them into life, their own sin nature: an enemy they will carry all their lives. This is a mortal enemy. We make our children even more vulnerable if we refuse to recognize that they have a sinister evil within them, trying to break out and lead them down a path of slavery and destruction.
Our children are more likely to experience suffering because of their own sins than outside circumstances. How many lives have been ruined by pride, lust, or cowardice? How many reputations, families, and careers have been devastated by pornography, fraud, lying, and a host of other sins? How many children have squandered their potential because of laziness?
We want to believe the best about ourselves and our children-but doing so is dangerous. We and our children have an evil nature that will destroy us unless God graciously intervenes. Minimizing this truth sets our children up for great moral, personal, and professional failure. For example, parents have told me their children never lie. Really? These people are either deluded or easily fooled. Everyone lies, including children. They are just as susceptible to their sin as we, their parents and teachers, are.
To raise spiritually mature, mentally tough, emotionally sound children, prayerfully and passionately point them to Christ as the Savior of their souls. Only Christ can save our children from their own depraved natures. Everything else is secondary. Unless Christ gives them new life-a new nature-the Darth Vader within will destroy them.
Dr. Barrett Mosbacker
Zehr, Dan. 2014. "Studying Skywalkers: (Figuratively) Exploring the Dagobah Cave." www.starwars.com/news/studyingskywalkers- figuratively-exploring-the-dagobah-cave
ThinkstockPhotos-476336494 Cantonment, Fl, USA-June 1, 2015: Yoda figure, character from Star Wars film franchise created by George Lucas.
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