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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Scare the Kids: Not a Halloween Post

Here's a great quote for you:

"Children like to be scared," he said. "It is good for them to be scared, if they are scared of the right things."

And who said that? It was Douglas Gresham, the stepson of C.S. Lewis at a sneak peak of the new film based on Lewis's book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Go here. And all I can say is A-M-E-N. Apparently, some woman in the audience was concerned that children would be upset by the battle scene between the Lion Aslan and the White Witch.

Have you ever noticed that modern editions of classic fairytales often sanitize the stories of the violence and gore? That drives me bonkers. Or what about all those who complained about the violence in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ? Give me a break.

I saw a Precious-Moments-like figurine one time of the crucifixion of Jesus. Now that is what I find terrifying. Let's make the blood sacrifice of God's Son into something cute. If you ask me, cuteness and our love of cuteness is playing a large part in the undermining of the American Church. And we wonder why our pews are filled mostly with women and children. No men. Because it's all just too sweet.

I believe that adults harm their children by shielding them too much from the harsh reality of blood and suffering in the world. Obviously, I don't mean we should be trying to give our toddlers nightmares.

I don't know if Gresham is correct that children like to be scared. But he is dead right that it is good for children to be scared of the right things. Anyone ever hear of stranger danger? Don't take candy from a man in a trenchcoat alone in a playground? Being scared can be a good thing.

St. Peter said, "Be Alert!" He wasn't talking about pedophiles, but something much worse. Because the devil wants nothing more than to gobble you up for lunch.

As a father, I want my son to know that there is danger in the world. But you can bet your petunias that I will all the more vigorously impress upon him that Christ has overcome the world for us. Christus Victor!

Dr. Gene Veith is directing a great discussion over at the Cranach blog on the upcoming Narnia movie.

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4 comments:

The Cubicle Reverend said...

But Jesus on the Cross is such a huggable and loveable little critter? You just want to pick him up, hug him, and love him, and call him George....

That is how some people see Jesus.
And here is another way:

http://www.drurywriting.com/keith/jesus.pictures.htm

Didn't we once have a Renaissance?

Scot K. said...

The desensitization of fear is the work of the Devil. Most no longer understand and fear true evil. We see the regularization of that which should appall us in the violence of movies, music, and video games. And as we no longer are shocked, horrified, or fearful of the violence and evil in the world, most no longer are afraid of a real Devil - the perpatrator of all violence and evil.

It is a devilish plan being carried out in front of us every day.

Scot K. said...

On the subject of a huggable Lord, here is what used to be called the Jesus Beanie (until they were sued by the real Beanie Baby company, Ty)

http://www.jesusbeanies.com/

The Cubicle Reverend said...

Now they are called Holy Huggables. Now that is scary.

I worked at a summer camp one summer. They wouldn't let us do anything to scare the kids. Where's the fun in that? My counsellors used to scare the pants off us. It was great!

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