Brownies with a difference!

Many parents are working hard to explain to their children and teens why
some video games, music, movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable for
them to bring into their home.

One parent came up with an original idea that was hard to refute. He
listened to all the reasons his children gave for wanting to see a
particular PG-13 movie. It had their favorite actors. Everyone else was
seeing it. Even church members said it was great. It was only rated PG-13
because of the suggestion of sex. They never really showed it. The language
was pretty good. They only used the Lord's name in vain three times in the
whole movie. The video effects were fabulous, and the plot was action-
packed. Yes there was the scene where a bunch of people and a building got
blown up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't very bad.

Even with all these explanations for the rating, the father wouldn't give
in. He didn't even give them a satisfying explanation for saying, "No." He
just said, "No."

A little later that evening, this same father asked his teens if they would
like some brownies he had prepared. He explained that he had taken the
favorite family recipe and added something new. They asked what it was. He
calmly replied he added a special ingredient-----dog poop.

He stated that there was only a little dog pop in the brownies. All the
other ingredients were gourmet quality. He had taken great care to bake the
brownies at the precise temperature for the exact time. He was sure the
brownies would be superb. Even with all the explanations of the perfect
attributes of the brownies, the teens would not try one.

The father acted surprised. There was only one little element that would
have caused them to act so stubbornly. He assured them that they would
hardly notice the difference, if at all. But they all held firm and would
not try the brownies.

He then explained that the movie they wanted to see was just like the
brownies. Sin enters our minds and our homes by deceiving us into believing
that just one little bit of evil won't matter. With the brownies, just a
little bit makes all the difference between a great brownie and a totally
unacceptable product. He explained that even though the movie people would
have us believe the movies that are coming out are acceptable for adults and
youths to see, they are not.

Now when this father's children want to do something they should not, their
father merely asks them if they would like some of his special brownie----
and they never ask about that activity again.

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