If you havent heard
about the MTV program The Osbournes, it is probable that
you will before too long. "Reality television" like this is taking
the nation by storm. In all likelihood, your children have already
heard about it or seen it. According to the Associated Press, it
is the most-watched show in MTVs history.
Shock rocker Ozzy Osbourne
is husband to Sharon and dad to Kelly and Jack on this program taped
in their home. Osbourne is a guru of heavy metal and a former member
of the band Black Sabbath. He is known for gruesome song titles
like "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Face in Hell." Now he is becoming
a new father figure of sorts for the rock culture.
Clips of the program
that recently aired on network news were heavily edited due to the
obscenities spewing from the Osbourne parents and children alike,
supposedly dealing with "real-life issues" as a family.
Light summarized his analysis of the The Osbournes with this
comment: "Ozzy is the Antichrist whos trying to be a family
guy ... . Theres an acceptance of darkness in our society,
and this is the family that does it."
Satan is on a rampage
against our families. The author of confusion and everything vile,
he is throwing all that he can at the moral foundations of both
the family unit and society in general. He wants people to be convinced
that bad has become good, wrong has become right, and that dysfunctional
has become normal. Sadly, the efforts of the enemy will become exponentially
greater as we move toward the end of this age.
Let me offer you encouragement
to pray that the efforts of the enemy against the family will be
thwarted. Keep your family altar in place. Pray the word of God
by choosing passages such as James 1 or Psalm 91 and place the names
of family members into the Scriptures. Talk to your kids about what
is appropriate television viewing. Direct them to alternative wholesome
entertainment. Better yet, turn off the TV and spend quality time
with your family.
As God-fearing people,
lets model Christlikeness in all that we say and do. We can
prove a positive contrast to those who would espouse the values
of The Osbournes. We can reflect love and grace to a lost
and confused world.
Thomas E. Trask