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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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Written by Sean Scott

July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

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  1. Just briefly, how we did our child rearing was to keep holding the Gospel before them, and make them obey us, and explain why they should obey their parents, we trained them from babyhood with fair and loving corporal punishment, and kept on being an example to them of Christ’s righteousness, and instilled into them that the Word of God is the only authority and non-negotiable, and to guard against them becoming fake Christians we never forced them to pray, read the Bible (though we encouraged) or put on any spiritual act or performance, we always taught them that if its not from your heart don’t do it, and so far, by God’s grace alone, things are looking good.

    ian vincent

    July 25, 2012 at 12:58 am

    • “we never forced them to pray, ”

      Brother, did this include before meals? Do you think that is bad too…In Christ -Jim

      fleebabylon

      July 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      • Hi bro, in our family we don’t usually have a group prayer before meals, except when we have guests who may be more used to that, but the way we’ve done it is that each person personally gives thanks to the LORD quietly. As far back as i can remember our kids have always given thanks before eating without being told to. Whenever there were times when i thought they didn’t, i asked them, Did you thank the LORD? But that was very rare.

        ian vincent

        July 28, 2012 at 12:45 am

      • While we didn’t force our kids to pray we did require them to obey us in everything, right from toddlers. This is training. Then we had little problems, they always ate everything put on their plate (with some exceptions if they really hate a vegetable) and during meetings they would usually sit quietly without fidgeting for 1, 2 or 3 hours. They were never allowed to just walk around or talk during meetings, even since they were 2 yrs old. It’s just simple training, and such kids are always a lot happier kids than the wild, untrained ones.

        I’m not boasting. I’m just exhorting parents to train their children in the way God requires.

        ian vincent

        July 28, 2012 at 1:41 am

  2. We made it clear to them always that they are not Christians just bcos we are Christians, or bcos they come from a Christian family, and that they are not Christians bcos they do religious things, read the Bible, pray and go to Church, but they are only Christians when they truly repent of their sin and are converted and born again. We never told them they are Christians, but we said we are praying for the day when you tell us you are a Christian, and we see that you really are.

    ian vincent

    July 25, 2012 at 1:28 am

    • We made it clear to them always that they are not Christians just bcos we are Christians, or bcos they come from a Christian family, and that they are not Christians bcos they do religious things, read the Bible, pray and go to Church, but they are only Christians when they truly repent of their sin and are converted and born again. We never told them they are Christians, but we said we are praying for the day when you tell us you are a Christian, and we see that you really are.

      Amen.

      Sean Scott

      July 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

      • Amen indeed!

        I have fallen guilty of a lot of things, but specifially a season of not teaching my children (the oldest more specifially) that she was sick and in need of a doctor…………Yeshua!
        I thank the Almighty that my eyes have since been open and I don’t tell her in any way shape or form that she is one of his just because. We have a saying in our home, “And that’s why we need Jesus”. We say it often to remind ourselves and our children what our true state is without him and his transforming power.

        In regards to Veggie Tales, as a babe I definitely grabbed hold of Veggie tales as a way to impart the message to my children via there entertainment, however there were always little questionable statements incidents etc… that caused my spirit to take notice. On one occasion I was cleaning and allowed the directors commentary to play and I heard a lot of wordly references to supposed great artists, directors etc…. and I was alarmed. Slowly but surely I saw more and more of what was really going on, especially when there movie titles became parodies of wordly movies and finally when their show was on national television with no mention of the blessed GOD of heaven.

        Lastly, I much more mature about the biblical principles and commands regarding rearing children and the spiritual over and undertones of everything that we do and I have been trying to correct wrongs and further establish those things that were correct, while allowing GOD to guide and govern my decisions regarding my children.

        Ian……

        William

        August 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm


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