Young People Defeated By Sidetracked Minds

April 4, 2013

Young People Defeated By Sidetracked Minds

            How do most young people think?  Why can’t they understand the dangers of unwholesome conduct?  Why is it so hard to reason with them?  Is it just a matter of rebellion?  Many tears are shed by parents because their teenagers refuse to listen when they try to warn them of dangers.  Sidetracks doesn’t go very far.  They are just used to put train cars where they can be unloaded or as a place to park them until they are needed.  Young people with a sidetracked mind are limited as to where they can go in this world.

Many parents think their teenage sons and daughters are rebellious.  Their sons and daughters are convinced that their parents aren’t thinking right.  The truth is that there is a serious defect in the thinking of many of today’s young people.  Many times the problem stems from the fact that children and young people aren’t being taught how to think.  They accept what they hear, but they aren’t capable of discerning whether it’s right or wrong, good or bad.

Our children are growing up in a seductive world.  Their thinking is distorted by seductive messages they are constantly hearing.    Messages come from their friends and school mates. They also get messages through rock music.  Much of rock music is impregnated by unwholesome themes.  They are themes that glorify the satisfaction of selfish desires and degrade that which is sane and sacred.  Our mind tends to accept what it hears repeatedly.  Rock music breaks down young people’s  inhibitions, with the result that they are incapable of saying no to temptations.

The minds of our children and young people are not being programed to think, reason or evaluate.  They are just programed to accept, like a sponge, what they are told. Parents need to keep that in mind when they talk to their teenagers.  Parents need to understand that they are not the only authority figures in the lives of their young people.  In many cases, they are not the most influential figures.  Many young people adopt a rock star as their idol.  They may not talk a lot about that person, but in their mind and heart, he or she becomes an authority figure.

Parents must work hard at maintaining a close relationship with their young people.  They need to do things together.  Parents need to go out of their way to show love to their children without pampering them.  If they know you love them, they will be more inclined to listen and accept what you say.

Your children and young people need to be challenged to think.  Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”  You can help them by occasionally asking them, “What do you think about….?”  You may need to help them think through the issue to help them come to a conclusion about what they think about the issue.  Another thing you can do to help your children think is to encourage them to read good literature and good books.  Reading demands more mental exercise than just listening or watching an audio visual presentation.

We need to warn our young people about the dangers of having a sidetracked mind.  If it isn’t corrected, it will put major limits on them in the future.  Warn them of the dangers of rock music.  Help them have an appreciation for good music.  We also need to start at an early age to warn them about the dangers of drugs.  The best and most effective way to do that is to make them aware of the sad results of taking drugs.

If your child’s mind has already been sidetracked and blinded, don’t despair.  Don’t stop praying for him or her.  II Corinthians 4:4-6 says, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.   For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

 

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