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Veggie Tales creator says he wasn’t teaching Christianity

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Read an interesting article where the creator of the cartoon Veggie Tales (Phil Vischer) admits to simply teaching kids morality through the program, instead of teaching them Christianity and Christ.  Here’s a short excerpt of it:

I looked back at the previous 10 years and realized I had spent 10 years trying to convince kids to behave Christianly without actually teaching them Christianity. And that was a pretty serious conviction. You can say, “Hey kids, be more forgiving because the Bible says so,” or “Hey kids, be more kind because the Bible says so!” But that isn’t Christianity, it’s morality. . . .

I think it’s a good topic that all parents need to be reminded of.  We are not simply to teach our kids to behave right, or exhibit certain Christian characteristics… we are to teach our children Christ and what it means to be a Christian.  So many kids that are raised in Christian homes get deceived into thinking they are Christians simply because they “behave” in a different way outwardly.  They can have all the “form” and speak the language, yet if they have not been born of God they are outside of Christ and still in their sins.  Every person who would come into the kingdom must do so through the New Birth, including our children.  That is a truth we need to teach our children, instead of just seeking to modify their behavior by teaching them morality and Christian virtues.

I think Christian parents also need to be careful about allowing their children to watch programs that turn very important accounts of biblical events (meant to teach us truths about God and His character and nature) into silly comical stories that really make light of very serious truths.  If you feed your children with programs that constantly portray biblical truths as jokes, silliness, and fun and games, how do you think it’s going to affect their view of God?  We are to bring up our children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord”  (Eph 6:4).  Our children should see in us a seriousness and reverence for God and for anything that has to do with Him and His kingdom.  We are responsible for reflecting the character and nature of God to our children as Christ was for reflecting the nature and character of His Father to us.  I realize that we do this imperfectly, but nevertheless, it is our responsibility to allow Christ to live through us as we manifest His life to those around us- including to our children.  So, we need to be very careful about how we portray God, and things related to Him, to our children.   Having concern about how our children understand God is one of the reasons why we do not let our children watch “bible cartoons” that take direct biblical accounts and turn them into childish silliness (like veggie tales).

So in conclusion, going back to the quote, I’m glad the creator of Veggie Tales has admitted that his show was not teaching kids about Christ and His Kingdom, but was simply teaching kids morality, which in and of itself is not the Christian message.  I hope that parents will see that we are not simply called to teach our children morality, but we are to teach our children about the person and work of Jesus Christ and what that means for them, and ultimately for everybody.  May the glorious truths of the gospel ceased being reduced into a dumbed down Americanized form of entertainment that perverts the Christian message and distorts the nature and character of God.

(If you want to read more about Phil Vischer and his thoughts on Veggie Tales, just google “Phil Vischer repents).

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July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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How Close Are We To A New Great Depression?

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I typically don’t post news articles, but I found this one interesting.  While I would say that most people are in denial, there seems to be quite a few people, who can see the writing on the wall.  It’s not so much a matter of “if” it will happen, but “when” it will happen.

In 2008 the Lord told us (Myself and Lisa) that there would be a small economic crash that would recover and that there would then come a crash that would be totally devastating.  This article in today’s news just confirms what the Lord showed us regarding a devastating financial collapse that is in the near future.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/48193471

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July 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

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