The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Our Children

Drag Queen Story Hour at the public library. Comprehensive Sexuality Education in kindergarten and early elementary. Television programming full of innuendos and the sexualization of children. Hormonal and surgical sex changes in children. The list goes on. . .

Regardless of personal beliefs or lifestyles, one thing is evident. There is a visible and tangible battle for the hearts and minds of our children. Never before have we seen such a strong push toward sexuality and gender confusion in the early years. Never have we seen such a sense of urgency to introduce our littlest ones to sexual perversion and immorality. Never have we seen such a normalization and tolerance of it all.

But why is the focus on our children? Why the need to teach them about topics that they are not yet developmentally able to understand? Why not wait until they are older?

It is because our children are the future. Our children will uphold the values and ideas and beliefs that they embrace in their early years. It is our children, who will carry on the legacy that they are taught . . . and they are ripe for indoctrination.

Aristotle once said, “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.

Recent brain research has shown how very accurate this statement can actually be. You see, between birth and seven years of age, children operate in a dreamlike, hypnotic state, moving from delta to theta to alpha waves up through about 7-9 years of age. During this time, children are extremely receptive to the world around them and will accept what they are taught as truth.

They are also able to learn and retain a vast amount of information. It has been estimated that 90% of what a person knows is learned by the age of 5! This is why it is so much easier to learn multiple languages in those early years. Classical models of education call this the grammar stage, where children parrot and memorize multiple pieces of information on a variety of topics.

The information and messages that are experienced and received during this time are “downloaded” and stored in the subconscious mind. These subconscious understandings will later drive their reality and experience as adults. It has been shown that 95% of an adult’s thoughts stem from the subconscious mind that is developed during those critical years from birth to seven years.

Ideally, this would be a treasured time that every parent would seize to maximize. It would be a meaningful time filled with nurturing, imaginative play, and outdoor adventures. It would be a time of connection, belonging, traditions, and cultural celebrations. It would be a protected time filled with truth, goodness, beauty and love.

Sadly, this is not the norm.

Now, more and more children are getting pushed out of their homes at earlier and earlier ages for hours on end. More and more parents are living busier lives, full of excessive responsibilities and constant distractions. In a society that prizes achievement and financial status, children are often left emotionally isolated, shuffling from activity to activity or spending endless hours in front of screens.

These critical, formative years are being surrendered . . .

And they are eagerly being sought by the enemy.

The enemy is after our children. The enemy is after our little ones. This is why the tentacles of sexual perversion and confusion are reaching further and further into our schools and preschools, into our television shows and music, into our neighborhoods and homeschools.

Nothing we watch or learn is neutral. It all has a purpose or an agenda. And when it comes in the form of an electronic device, it is even more sinister. Television programming induces an alpha, "childlike" state in the brain, one that further receives and “downloads”messages into the brain without questioning or analysis.

Our children are being indoctrinated to accept lies as truths. They are literally being programmed to accept political agendas that we ourselves may abhor. They are strategically being primed to embrace and carry on the present messages of those in power. . . and those messages stand in direct opposition to Biblical truth.

God’s Word tells us that He created male and female, and yet, the world now tells our children that there are over 76 genders (and counting) and they can be as many as they choose. God’s Word tells us that we should set our eyes on things above, and yet, the world screams of materialism and consumerism.

God’s Word tells us to guard our hearts and to flee from fornication. But the world tells our children to follow their hearts and do what feels good. Public school sex education programs teach sexual gratification as a right that children should explore to their heart’s desire. It speaks nothing of the emotional, spiritual, and physical consequences of those actions.

The list goes on.

And so I ask: What messages are being downloaded into the hearts and minds of your children? What messages are they believing without question because of their childhood innocence? What messages are they receiving through the media? Through their schools? Co-ops? Or friends?

And who is standing in the gaps for them? Who is teaching them truth?

I strongly believe that our children deserve to know truth. Our children deserve the right to their childhoods. Our children deserve to be protected from sinister agendas that seek to corrupt their innocence.

But it is up to us to be the "keepers of our homes." (Titus 2:5) It is up to us be intentional with this precious gift of time that we have with our children. And as mothers and homeschoolers, I believe it is our duty.

Adolf Hitler once said, “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already... What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.’”

Let that NOT be the story of our children!

Let us rise up instead and nurture our littlest ones with the truth and goodness of God’s Word. Let us be intentional with this time we are gifted and come alongside them in love. Let us not be afraid to speak up because we ourselves have been taught to be passive.

Let us battle for the hearts and minds of our children with everything we have.

“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.”

May we raise up a generation that is strong enough to stand against the deceptions of this world, boldly declaring the TRUTH of God's Word for generations to come.