My wife and I don’t have cable, so any media content we do get to watch comes via YouTube, or Netflix. I usually like to watch boxing channels, or The Young Turks. I also like to watch the shorts from Wretched TV, and To Be Honest. When I feel like having a laugh I’d watch the kings of late night TV, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Earlier this month Jimmy Kimmel aired a short, in which parents tell their kids that they’ve eaten all their Halloween candy. The kid’s reaction is either rage, rant, or tears of hopelessness and feelings of being cheated. The parents later reveal that they where only tricking them.
Sam Harris Writes in His blog:
“But he can learn that his parents will lie to him for the purpose of making him miserable. He can also learn that they will find his suffering hilarious and that, at any moment, he might be shamed by those closest to him”
Don’t trick (Lie to) the kids
Children look up to their parents. They see their fathers as “Superman”, and they see their mothers as the only one who can make them feel better. To trick the children sends them a message of hopelessness, and starts the cycle of mistrust. Integrity isn’t a virtue only used in the adult world, it’s also had, and ought to be cherished in relation to children. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they’ll get over the breach of confidence. Let’s remember these are the times that kids are being socially developed.
It’s all fun and games till sin happens
Firstly, when we trick anyone, we are essentially lying for our own gain. In some Christian subculture it’s ok to trick someone for laughs, but think about what we’re doing when we trick someone. We’re being dishonest, and hope the end result of our dishonesty is comedic. Now not only are we being dishonest, we’re being malicious as well.
Facing the man in the mirror
What does scripture say about this issue? Ephesians 4:25 tells us “Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another”. I know that we can be tempted into encouraging dishonesty, and even justifying it. When we feel ourselves slipping into that end we can remember James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” and when you find yourself in the thick of sin be encouraged and refreshed by 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”.
We can live in this world that so greatly fights against our Lord, and subtly be pulled by its influences. I mean, who doesn’t like to laugh? Who doesn’t take joy in children saying the darndest things? But to trick a kid into thinking you ate all of their candy, is just cruel and malicious, and is what society is partly about (preying on the weak). When we feel tempted to encourage sin, my prayer is that we would run from it, and run to Jesus.