My Faith Votes, a nonpartisan group that motivates Christians in America to participate in local and national elections, recently interviewed former U.S. Congresswoman and 2012 presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota.
According to Faithwire, the organization sought “to glean her insight on the cultural moment” of today “and how Christians can bring biblical answers” to their “communities.” During the sit-down, Bachmann pointed out one cultural issue that Christians must address before future generations are irreversibly impacted.
“If you look at the movies that are available on a plane, the movies that are available on Netflix, if you look at Amazon, or the offerings on TV channels, it causes your heart to take a deep pause,” Bachmann said.
As the former presidential candidate points out, media content that many Americans would have found offensive just a few years ago is now widely accepted. In fact, it’s even looked at as mainstream. Faithwire reported, “There even seems to be an unspoken race among content creators to see who can push the envelope the fastest and in the most shocking way.”
Bachmann aptly summed up the dire situation.
“My greatest concern is for little children,” she said. “For years we were taught that it was normative in this country to have what was called in loco parentis.”
The expression the Minnesotan referred to is Latin. It means “in the place of a parent.” Bachmann was revealing that the United States once felt it was their duty to stand in for parents in order to protect the innocence of the country’s children. Decades ago, this was considered normal protocol for the nation’s government.
The 2012 presidential candidate suggested that media and entertainment companies nowadays appear to not do anything to protect kids’ innocence. Rather, Bachmann said these entities pay more attention to “violating” America’s youth. She told My Faith Votes she is deeply worried about the next generation because “you can’t unring a bell.”
As an example, numerous kids are being exposed to pornography at an unbelievably young age. Some are as young as seven or eight-years-old. These children aren’t adept at dealing with the sensitive information they’re coming into contact with. Bachmann remarked that this type of offensive content “alters the brain for a little child.” The former Congresswoman went on to add, “That’s what we really need to be concerned about, what our little kids are ingesting — and it’s not good.”
But, what can Christians do to fix this worsening problem? Bachmann offered an answer using her own example of being a mother and foster mother.
“There are opportunities all around you if you open up your eyes,” she said. “Our foster daughters brought nonsense home in their backpacks, and I was just floored by what they were bringing home. I thought if anyone needs a leg up it’s a foster child and they need to have decent academics so they will be able to get a job some day and make their own choices. So I got involved in my local schools but also at the state and federal level to try to change and revolutionize what these kids were getting in the public schools.”
During the sit-down with My Faith Votes, Bachmann disclosed that politics was not the career path she planned for her life. The 2012 presidential candidate remarked, “I had no interest in politics. That was not the direction I planned to go, but it was because of the negative influence on my foster children that I decided to get involved and be their advocate.”
The former Congresswoman urged parents to actively pursue the areas of influence God seems to be calling them and to “bring the truths of the Gospel, the truths of the Bible to that issue and then just see what God will do.”
As a Christian, look for ways to rise to Bachmann’s challenge. Both lead and support initiatives in your community that protect the innocence of America’s youth and advance Biblical values.
~ 1776 Christian