Who's Influencing Who?

Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols (emphasis mine)3Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:1-3

Have you ever had a disagreement with your teenager over friends or a type of entertainment and left the conversation wondering, "How could they be influenced so in such a short time?"  It seems to most of us who are attempting to raise Godly teens that negative influences are everywhere.  It is difficult to keep up with the mass of entertainment options that barrage our kids on a daily basis.  How do we keep up? How do we maintain an appropriate amount of influence on our kids?  The apostle Paul, in the book of 1 Corinthians writes that some in the church there had been “influenced and led astray to mute idols."  Those were people in the church that allowed their love for something else lead them away from Christ.   Paul uses the term “mute idols” to imply lifeless and without wisdom or knowledge.  That description sounds a lot like the idols of our day.  Let's face it for the most part; we are in love with the idol of entertainment.  We love to amuse ourselves.  We love, our sports, our computers, face book, twitter, vacationing, hanging out with friends, the list goes on.  I see these idols at war in my own family and I am guessing yours too.  I don't know about you, but it seems that I am constantly working through strategies and plans attempting to keep the barrage of entertainment options at bay.   In my conversations with parents, most who chose to send their kids to Hillcrest or other Christian schools do so in the hope that the hold or influence of these “idols” can be broken in the lives of their kids.  They have a strong desire to see their kids influenced by Christians who will instruct and lead them toward a strong faith, obedience to biblical principles, and a love for Christ and people.  They are looking for help in the battle of influence over their family.   As Christian parents, we have a God-given responsibility to see to it that our children are trained up in the faith and to set before them an example of Godly living.  As you ponder your summer plans, keep in mind that time spent with you is time spent under your influence.  The less time they spend with you, the more time they spend under the influence of who knows whom.  What is your answer to “Who’s influencing who?”