Today’s news headlines create a grim world view for our children. Headlines regarding barbaric activity happening around the world create a dilemma for parents today. For the most part, this is due to the twenty-four hour news cycle in which we live. News headlines today inundate our lives through printed media, televised content, and online media outlets. Combine these news outlets together and we feel overwhelmed by the bad news.
We must recognize that our children are likely have similar feeling of being overwhelmed with the news headlines. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect our children to develop a sense of fear regarding the great big world out there. Parents must be prepared to discuss such matters with our children in a way that is age appropriate and creates a biblical world view for our children.
In today’s podcast, I’ll talk about important aspects of such a conversation regarding the grim headlines of today’s news media.
Should we be shocked at the persecution?
The Bible said there would be persecution
Revelation 20:4 – saints beheaded for testimony of Jesus will reign with Messiah
John 15:18, 19 – If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.
Persecution examples in Acts (Peter & John arrested in chapter 4, Stephen in chapter 7, Saul in chapter 8, James martyred in chapter 12)
How should we behave in the face of persecution?
Stephen – Acts 7:60 — Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin!” And saying this, he fell asleep.
Jesus – Luke 23:34 — Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided His clothes and cast lots.
We have a right to fight back (Romans 12:18, Ecclesiastes 3:8, Proverbs 21:15)
Romans 12:18 – If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8 – There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven… a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.
Proverbs 21:15 – Justice executed is a joy to the righteous but a terror to those who practice iniquity.
Is there any hope?
The Bible provides hope
Saul to Paul – Acts 9
Peter’s escape from prison – Acts 12
Paul & Silas’ escape from prison – Acts 16
Heaven – ultimately we win, no matter what (John 3:16, Romans 8:38,39)
What can we do?
Pray – pray for a Saul, for protection, for softened hearts, for visible miracles
Learn – learn more about persecution described in the Bible, learn geography associated with current persecution, learn religious influences associated with current persecution, learn historical and political associated with current persecution
Support – support organizations helping those being persecution, donations to charities
Question: What are your views of today’s headlines? How much to you involve your children in discussions related to today’s headlines? Do you have special ways that you explain situations around the world to your children? You can leave a comment by clicking here.