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Topic: Peer Pressure (07/05/04)

TITLE: Lets Take a Stand
By D.Lynn Bates


Lets Take a Stand

I was appalled! I couldnít believe my eyes and ears when I turned on the television one day and saw a group of kids ranging in age from about eight to thirteen. These kids were wearing bracelets made of brightly colored rubber tubing. They were explaining that each color stood for a specific favor, ie; sex acts: everything from kissing to oral sex. These were trade bracelets, and the child was supposed to perform the act in exchange for the bracelet. Are they telling me that an eight year old child understands the meaning of this game?
If this is the kind of peer pressure that my future grand children are up against, I must stand up and loudly say, ďI OBJECT!Ē I canít imagine sending my child or grandchild to public school today with this kind of pressure. Children are not aloud to be children any more. What ever happened to playing house at age eight, or trading baseball cards?
We as parents and grandparents have got to step in. I donít know what we can do to bring the innocence back into childhood, but I do know that we can stand together in prayer. And together our prayers will make a difference. Oh how the Lord must be grieved. Please join with me in praying for our children, their parents, teachers and schools.

Dear Heavenly Father,
How our hearts break for the lost innocence of this and future generations of Your children. We pray that You would open the eyes of our nationís parents to the truth of what their kids are doing and learning on the playgrounds and streets of this nation. Give them godly ammunition to fight these fiery darts of the enemy and help them to stay alert at all times. Enable them to find the time to talk to their kids about these issues and to stay ever watchful for which ever evil trend is prevalent at the time. Lord, if there is any way for the teaching of morals and ethics to be brought back to the public school system work a miracle and bring them back.
And we pray that prayer groups would spring up all over the country to combat the enemyís attack on our children. May Christian parents, teachers, principals and other school officials stand strong in prayer and in teaching our children the morals that you laid out so clearly in your Word. And show parents and teachers how we can take action against such satanic games. What can we do in addition to prayer and godly instruction, to render satinís attack on our kids null and void? Give us wisdom Lord we pray.
Protect our children and give them the good judgment and strength to say NO in the face of temptation. We ask these things on behalf of the next generation, in the precious name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

©, 2004, D. Lynn Bates

Member Comments
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L.M. Lee07/09/04
wonderful piece and great prayer. you need to send this in to your local newspaper...worth sharing.
Theresa Knight07/13/04
Right on! I agree with Lissa, you need to send this one to your newspaper.
Melanie Kerr 07/13/04
I agree that children are not allowed to be children any more and you are right ot take the issue to God to deal with.
Marcell Billinghurst07/13/04
I also saw this story on television. It was presented on "Dr Phil", which we received as a show in Australia.
One young girl's father objected to the school, taking a stand on his daughter wearing these bracelets because of this current rage with implications of sexual pressure on young children. He believed his child was immune and she could wear what she liked. From what I saw it appeared that if another child snapped the bracelet, then the person wearing it had to give in to what it was ment to signify. Your prayer and article was great and your prayer is one we should all support.
Lynne Gaunt07/15/04
Thank you for passion for the children of our country! I loved your prayer. We need to be praying for all children and future generations. God will listen to the prayers of his people. Thanks again, well done.