Not so long ago I was doing a chair massage event at an elementary school, and in between massages, I had some time to watch the kids out playing at recess. If you have never watched a bunch of kids under eleven playing together, it’s very entertaining. They are so cute, boys being boys and girls being girls, running around laughing and screaming. They are still so innocent, seemingly untouched by Satan’s world. It’s so beautiful and natural! This is their most impressionable age. They will never be this impressionable again, so good at mimicking what they see and hear around them. They are prime targets for the evil ones.
Believe it or not, as baptized adults we are not the easiest targets for Satan. We have the holy spirit in us, and we know our Bible. Our brains have lost most of their elasticity, and we aren’t so impressionable. We certainly can be deceived1, but we have a shield around our minds composed of the Holy Spirit. We aren’t so innocent, and we know how to fight back. Satan can get to us, but it’s not easy. There is easier prey for him to hunt. He walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour, and lions always go for the weakest and easiest kill. Our children are the most vulnerable targets for him and the easiest to capture. Make no mistake, we as adults are targets and can be deceived, but our children are far more vulnerable. He who controls the children controls the future. He doesn’t have to get to us if he can take the future through our children. This is why it is vitally important to teach our kids God’s ways2! Who has the most influence over our children, however; us, or Satan? Well, who do they spend more of their time listening to? Probably the TV, and you guessed it, their teachers. Their teachers have them for over eight hours a day by the time they hit middle school, compared to the four or five they spend with us. How much of the time we spend with our children is even dedicated to teaching them God’s word? Probably not much, right? We lead busy lives, and any time we do get to spend with our children often falls by the wayside as far as teaching them goes.
That’s a Lot of Influence!
So their teachers have the most time to spend teaching them what the teachers or people paying the teachers want them to know. Having someone else tell your kids what they should be thinking and believing would never be ideal, but especially not now, with what happened recently in Florida. With the passing of a bill banning the discussion of sexuality with your first and second graders, they have brought to light what has been until recently taught secretly. Not just any sexuality either, which would be bad enough and is strictly the parent’s responsibility, but they were teaching gay and transgender sexuality!!! They were teaching your kids perversion at their most impressionable age! Without this bill banning it in Florida, we may never have known the extent of what they were teaching. Thankfully, for Florida at least, they will no longer be teaching it to first and second graders. This is bittersweet however because that means they can teach these things to older children, and they are certainly still teaching these things to your kids in other states! I don’t have children yet, but someday I hope to, and what they are doing to children is sickening! Watching those children playing together as boys and girls with their distinct characteristics impressed upon me how beautiful and natural it is! This is the way God created them, and the fact that some elementary teachers see that every day and still desire to pervert them and destroy that beauty is sickening!
They are truly monsters, nay dragons of monumental proportions. These things they are teaching are so wrong, yet are we beginning to accept and tolerate them? We hear about these things so often that we begin to tolerate them. We accept it as a part of life, even though the Bible condemns these things. As the body of Christ, we should be horrified and sickened by these things, but are we getting desensitized by the repetition of hearing about it everywhere? I would say yes. This is one of Satan’s favorite tactics, for, if he repeats a lie often enough, we will start to believe it. He doesn’t even have to repeat it himself directly. People who believe his lies will push his agenda for him.
The Battle Is Real
Remember, Satan is after our children, and he has to get his lies into a format that will appeal to them. He is very clever and has a few main methods at his disposal.
Number one: their teachers and education. This is the most direct path to their alternate education. Their teachers once again have them for most of their most impressionable and vulnerable time of life. We can’t hope to counter their sphere of influence just by counter education. The only way we can even hope to counter their teaching is by removing them from their influence, either by homeschooling them or switching them to a more religious charter or private school. After all, the responsibility for teaching our children is not the government’s, it’s not even the churches; no, the responsibility to teach your children is square on your shoulders as parents. You are the ones who must teach our children and you can no longer hand off this duty to someone else to fulfill.
Number two: Movies, books, games, and music. School is far from the only way of indoctrinating your children. The most popular and well-received method of indoctrination is through what they read, watch, and listen to. I was recently reading a book titled, A Landscape With Dragons: The Battle For Our Children’s Minds. In this book, the author talks about how Satan, the great dragon, is at war with us for control of the minds of our children through the use of books and media. He covers throughout the pages of the book how Satan portrays evil as harmless or even good to appeal to children. One of the best quotes from the book is, “Wherever one finds figures of evil elevated to heroic status, one should recognize a relentless struggle to win over the minds of the young.” Michael O’Brien, The Battle For Our Children’s Minds. This is applicable especially to books such as Harry Potter, where a wizard and magical powers are portrayed as good, games like Dungeons and Dragons, or movies like Dragonheart.
The Dragon Is Prowling
The dragon is a classic symbol of evil, and there has been a major campaign in recent years to rebrand it as good and wise. This makes sense when we consider the fact that Satan is The Dragon.3 He is running an active campaign to make himself seem harmless, benevolent, good, and wise, a campaign he has been running since the Garden of Eden. If he can make evil seem attractive and good, children will accept it. Not just children, but we adults as well. We are the only thing that stands between our children and Satan, put in place by God to nurture, teach, and protect them. It is our job to make sure they learn God’s way, and we must be able to recognize these dangers as they present themselves to our children. It is not just the parent’s job to look out for the well-being of the children either. The children are the future of the Church*, and it is the responsibility of every adult in the Church* to make sure that they are presenting an appropriate example for them4. Children will mimic what they see and hear, and we are responsible for that. We are the shield between them and Satan. He hates us, and the easiest way to get to us is through our innocent and defenseless children.
Eternal Life Is on the Line!
With the recent Florida debacle, Disney has exposed themselves and their ideology for what it truly is. They are the enemies of our children, and by extension our enemies as well. They are heavily pushing the transgender indoctrination of our children, and have been for many years. Think of The Frozen movies as an example and go back and listen to the lyrics of the main song, Let It Go, the one your kids probably played on repeat for hours, all the while driving you crazy. In the light of LGBT, it carries a whole new meaning. We must be careful what we feed our children mentally and spiritually! Their eternal life depends on it, for while we cannot live their life for them, we can make sure they have a strong foundation to build upon. God can redeem every sinner who repents, but as parents, the responsibility for giving our children the best chance lies with you. Even if they leave the Church* who knows whether or not something you taught them will one day draw them back? For it is God who calls and draws them to Him, and as parents, you are often the instruments7.
We ourselves are not immune to these tactics. We have to guard our hearts and minds just as carefully as we guard our children’s. What we watch, read, and listen to can have just as much of an effect on us as it does on our children, especially for us men. Guys, you know what I am talking about. Our only advantage is experience paired with the Holy Spirit. Our eternal life and the eternal life of our children are not worth the risk.
Our Children Are the Targets
The enemy’s war on our children starts even before birth with abortion. In recent days, we have seen how the enemy reacts to the threat of having even a little bit of their freedom to murder unborn children taken away, and it’s disturbing, to say the least! As you are probably aware, in many states there is a major push to make pedophilia just another sexual orientation, abortion completely lawful even up to a week after birth, and to groom our children in the classroom as well as in anything they watch or read. This is sickening! This is an all-out battle, not just for the minds of our children, but for their very souls!
But Wait! There’s More!
As if all that wasn’t bad enough, the enemy is seeking to remove control over our children and give it to the state5. They want to control what we can teach our children in the privacy of our own homes! No more homeschool, or Bible study. At least that is our enemy’s desire. Enemy is singular because all of these people who want to do this, they aren’t the real enemy. They are just proxies of Satan the Dragon. The only way to win the battle is to stick close to God6 and teach our children His ways. God is the only one who can defeat Satan. Thankfully He fights for us. We have a hard enough time just dealing with our day-to-day battles, let alone trying to take on Satan by ourselves. All of this is scary, but we’ve read the end of the book and we know how the story ends. God wins! We don’t have to feel despair at the condition of the world. We can and should feel sorrow, but never despair. God is in control. We never have to fear as long as we follow Him. He has given us a sound mind and not a spirit of fear.8
The End of the Story
[Rev 20:1-15 NKJV]
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is [the] Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number [is] as the sand of the sea.
9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet [are]. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
© Kyle Bacher 2022
2Deuteronomy 11:19; Proverbs 22:6
41 Timothy 4:12; Matthew 18:6
82 Timothy 1:7
*The larger body of believers, the children of God, not limited to any organization or congregation.