Every now and again I get on a soap box. And today is one of those moments.
As parents, I can't tell you how critical our jobs are. We literally have to be the filters for everything our kids see, do, hear, and say. Which is a ginormous responsibility.
Part of my responsibility is to shield what enters the ear or eye gates oft kids, and I hope you take that responsibility seriously as a parent as well.
One of the "fire-walls" we have up at the Curzio House, is one that resists it's magic.
The Bible is clear that as believers, we should not entertain magic of any kind. And growing up, my mom always took it seriously, and I believe it is critical that at our house we do the same. That means no wands, spells, chants, or witches. No wizards, magicians, potions, or trances. (If you want specific biblical references for why this isn't ok, please let me know and I will be happy to send them your way!) but for the sake of time, I'm not going to post the nitty-gritty.
What I want to do in this post, is expel the darkness that lies within the pseudo-cover of a cute and innocent television show, parading around our living rooms and Into the hearts of our kids, as we sit blindly and idle, allowing it to continue.
Now let me start this, before I say any more, that while there is biblical scripture to why magic and sorcery is not acceptable, not every Christian home sees eye I eye on this. Funny I know. Hypocritical, maybe. But I want to be clear about where I stand.
Second, is to say that while I am making an example of one show in particular, there are plenty of other shows that fit the bill, and we have determined they are not appropriate for our house. This might look different in your home, and I'm not here to say what shows or activities are or are not godly. I would hope and pray, that everything you allow to air in your home, is however, pressed through the filter of eternity over momentary satisfaction of your children's' preferences.
That being said, I want to pick out one show in particular,
And expose the reasons why we do not allow it in our home, and hopefully, you won't either.
The show is Wally Kazam.
Nick Jr. Describes the show by saying "Wally and his crew of funny, colorful characters bring fun and mischief to his magical world."
Stop there. Before we even discuss what Wally is, the description of the show from the website host, proudly displays that it's funny and colorful to bring about both magic, and MISCHIEF!
Now, I don't know about you, but I'm a mom. With four littles. And mischief is not fun. There's no exception either. It's not cute when your kid throws a tantrum. It's not adorable when they hit their friends, or siblings, or you the parent. It's not funny when your child is getting into the things they've been told to stay away from for the seven-billionth time. Mischief is NOT fun and colorful. I don't want mischief and trouble and SIN (because that's ultimately what it is), being acceptable or taken lightly at my house. Because the minute I allow it in the door as "cute" because my 2 or 3 year old is just "being mischievous" as they sneak a snack without asking, or take something that doesn't belong to them...like a penny for example. That seems harsh. Right? My 3 year old finds a penny on my husbands night stand. She nabs it, hides it behind her back, and claims it as her own. You know the scene because it plays out at your house. Kids do these things - even if they haven't watched Wally Kazam might I add.
But if I play up the cute and colorful, funny version of the story, I'm allowing the behavior to become a heart issue, that will play out later in her life. The next thing I know, she's 17, taking someone's husband from a wife, claiming it as her own, because it's cute and fun, and yet binding and divisive. She hides it "behind her back" in hopes that no one will notice. And I'm left as a parent wondering "where did I go wrong" and "why is my baby girl so far from the Truth?" When we allow "mischief" to be cute and colorful and full of fun at 2 and 3, it evinces cute and fun and yet habitually awful at 23. Don't be fooled parents. It's not ok. It's our job to nip sin in the bud before it's blooming into full on gardens of sin later in our children's lives.
Moving right along.
What is Wally? Well he's a cartoon. But he's also a troll.
What the heck is a troll anyways? I googled that junk- like any of you would've done, had the answer mattered to you.
Well I'll tell you what I found. Trolls are the names given to "creatures" in Scandinavian folklore and Norse mythology. First off, folklore is nothing but stories. Harmless stories. Except that they are lies. Ultimately. And I won't rant what I just wrote above about nipping sin in the bud. But mythology, is another topic on its own. It's giving power and titles to gods and goddesses who are false and made up. The kind of thing that Abraham had to deal with back in genesis, when he burned up the idols in the shop of his family members. Go read it for yourself.
Anyways, forget that God says we shouldn't have anything to do with mythology or star gazing, or the like.
Lets look at what trolls are from the people who use the word.
A troll is a supernatural being in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folklore.
In fact, a gentleman by the name of Ármann Jakobsson ...has gone on to study the Old Norse examples of the term troll and has concluded that in the Middle Ages, the term is used to denote various beings such as a giant or mountain-dweller, a witch, an abnormally strong or large or ugly person, an evil spirit, a ghost, a magical boar, a heathen demi-god, a demon, a brunnmigi (or another word literally translated to fox) or a berserk.((or berserks) who were Norse warriors - who are primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk. Berserkers are attested to in numerous Old Norse sources. Most historians believe that berserkers worked themselves into a rage before battle, but some think that they might have consumed drugged foods.)
Wow. That's a lot of information. So let's break it down.
Trolls were the names given to giants, witches, evil spirits.
The name for ghosts, magical boars, heathens, Demi-gods, demons.
The word brunnmigi, which translates to fox, is not a coincidence. The Bible says it's the "little foxes that spoil the vine". Let's not be fooled moms and dads, into thinking that the little nothing's, aren't actually something's.
And beserks? I mean really? If we are to holy as He is holy, we should definitely be slow to anger, and not full of and worked up in rage before we begin a task.
I understand that the creators at nick jr. Probably didn't intend to fill homes with rage and mythology- yet maybe I do. But that's beside the point. The enemy is much aware. And he is much at work trying to steal, kill, and destroy the work of God in your homes and children.
Let's not be naive in thinking the enemy has a plan, but rather proactive, and taking a stand, to say me and my House, will serve The Lord.
Even if it means turning the channel when Wally comes on.
Now, hear my heart. This is not a religious rant meant to judge what can and cannot be viewed in your home. But I pray that our eyes would be opened to the schemes of the enemy, and that our parenting would be missional, in the sense that everything we allow in our homes- whether by creeping in or holding the door wide open- is honoring to the Word of God.
I pray that God gives is the strength to parent and make decisions to disciple our kids in this crazy world and society we live in. An age where things contrary to the word of God are ramped and wild.
And I pray that our children would have eyes for Christ alone. That the ways of this world would not snare or entice them. But that every thing that is pure and holy would draw them closer to the God of the ages. That they would know what to watch, what to wear, how to live...by the Spirit.