Many parents are hard pressed to explain to their youth why some music,
movies, books, and magazines are not acceptable material for them to bring into the home or to listen to or see.
One parent came up with an original idea that is hard to refute. The father 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 the Lord's name was only used in vain three times in the whole movie.
The teens did admit there was a scene where a building and a bunch of people were blown
up, but the violence was just the normal stuff. It wasn't too bad. And, even if there were a few minor things, the special effects were fabulous and the plot was action packed.
However, even with all the justifications the teens made for the PG-13 rating, the father
still wouldn't give in. He didn't even give his children a satisfactory explanation for saying "No." He just said, "No!"
A little later on that evening the father asked his teens if they would like some brownies
he had baked. He explained that he'd taken the family's favorite recipe and added a little something new. The children asked what it was.
The father calmly replied that he had added dog excrement. However, he quickly assured
them, it was only a little bit. All other ingredients were gourmet quality and 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 their father's promise that the brownies were of almost perfect quality, the
teens would not take any. The father acted surprised. After all, it was only one small part that was causing them to be so stubborn. He was certain they would hardly notice it. Still the teens held firm and would
not try the brownies.
The father then told his children how the movie they wanted to see was just like the
brownies. Our minds are into believing that just a little bit of evil won't matter. But, the truth is even a little bit of excrement makes the difference between a great treat and something disgusting and totally
The father went on to explain that even though the movie industry would have us believe
that most of today's movies are acceptable for adults and youth, they are not.
Now, when this father's children want to see something that is of questionable material,
the father merely asks them if they would like some of his special brownies. That closes the subject.