Parents, grandparents, do you realize your home is bugged? No, I’m not referring to insect infestation, but to near-constant verbal surveillance. You don’t believe it? You seriously doubt your home is bugged? Read on.
In your homes you will find, if you look carefully, highly sensitive receivers. Some are randomly positioned; others carefully placed. Look around. Open your eyes and pay close attention. Yes, there they are. The receivers are the ears of children " usually provided in sets of two. These receivers pick up sounds and tones and words of all kinds, good and bad, godly and ungodly, upbuilding and downgrading, and transmit them to young, highly-impressionable minds.
A child’s ears do not discriminate. The prayers offered around the dinner table are heard, but marital arguments and constant bickering are taken in as well. Encouragement for a job well done is heard, but verbally caustic and hurtful put-downs are received and recorded as well.
Whether we like it or not, whether we agree with it or not, one fact is both clear and irrefutable: our children are slowly but surely becoming what they hear. (And we might add that they are becoming what they see as well. If you will look more closely, you will observe small but wide-eyed cameras around the house. They come connected to the receivers.)
The words of Paul in Ephesians 4:20 are most appropriate and much needed: “Let no unwholesome word come from your mouth, but that which builds us, as the occasion requires, that it may give grace to the ones who hear.”