As a mom, I am overly sensitive about everything that goes on in our culture because it is important to me to know and understand everything that will influence the thinking, and thus actions, of my children. They are sponges; so as a Christian, I am cautious about what my children watch, whom my children play with, and where they get their information.
Don’t get me wrong, we are not a family that is hiding from the culture. We are training our children to engage the culture with the beliefs we choose to instill in them. We aren’t hiding from the evils of the world; we are training our children to rid society of evil. So, in today’s world of social media, educational entertainment, and SmartPhones that my two year old can navigate better than I can, I must be vigilant about what they consume because, as you know, they consume EVERYTHING; and I want to make sure that the foundations of what we believe are the bedrock of their thinking and acting.
In particular, I am on the lookout for anything that might smack of a liberal agenda, anything that smacks of a communist agenda, etc. What I have found is that even the sweetest of cartoons are training our children to defy their parents. What I have found is that even the nicest of parenting magazines are training parents to allow their children to be in charge. What I have found is that even Little League Baseball (or most other children’s sports…just pick one) is conditioning our children to embrace, accept socialism.
OK, now I know I’ve gone too far accusing the Little League. What could possibly be wrong with a bunch of sweaty boys hitting a ball and running around some bases with their dads? We don’t actually play Little League; we’ve entered the soccer world so I guess I’m officially a soccer mom. However, one of my dearest friends has a boy who plays Little League on a team that his father coaches. Awww, the picture of family goodness oozes out of that whole scenario. I love it!
But a couple of weeks ago, my friend, whose permission I got to quote this, posted the following on Facebook: “My husband overheard the following by a player on [my son’s] baseball team yesterday when they were losing, ‘What does it matter if we win or lose, we get a trophy anyway.’ …And the comments are too many to count.”
End of article…need I say more?! That statement should tell you everything you need to know about how strong the pull of socialism is on the next generation. Was this kid serious? What seven year old thinks that way? What seven year old doesn’t want to WIN?! I don’t know about you, but my five year old wants to win. We want him to win. We encourage him to work hard, train to win.
Now don’t flip out on me and go the other direction and think that we are those crazy screaming parents who will do anything to make sure their kids win. We training our son to be a good team player, enjoy the game, and show respect to the other players…win or lose. But the last thing we want him to walk away learning from sports is that it doesn’t matter how hard he works because everyone gets the same reward.
That is socialism! Everyone gets the same thing regardless of how hard they work. Everyone IS rewarded whether they have done anything or not. Don’t worry; you don’t have to work; the powers that be will make sure you get your fair share. Just imagine if corporate America thought like the Little League. Those businesses and the employees of those businesses wouldn’t last more than a week.
Call me crazy; but if my son gets a trophy with all the other kids in his soccer league, we’ll be sure to explain to him in great detail that this is not how the world works. My son, since he was four, has been explaining to random strangers that “if you don’t work, you don’t eat.” That may sound intense for a child that young; but if parents don’t actively, strategically, and intentionally train their children to resist and understand the falsehoods of socialism, the system will easily transform them into communists.
Simple as that.
Image: Courtesy of: http://rasjacobson.com/2010/06/07/please-dont-give-my-kid-a-trophy/