When Safety Becomes Dangerous: Coddling of the American Mind by Brent Phillips

There is a prevailing mindset in today’s culture that our feelings are always right, we should avoid pain, and there is always someone to blame for our problems. It’s leading to a generation of children growing up unable to cope…

When Safety Becomes Dangerous: Coddling of the American Mind by Brent Phillips

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There is a prevailing mindset in today’s culture that our feelings are always right, we should avoid pain, and there is always someone to blame for our problems. It’s leading to a generation of children growing up unable to cope with everyday life – too fragile and in need of constant care to function. The great peanut epidemic started when well-meaning people started removing peanuts from schools because a few kids had allergies. Today, peanut allergies have tripled because what helps kids develop immunity to peanuts is…peanuts! The things that are hard are what prepares us for the harder things to come. Ask yourself the question: Do I inspire the people around me to be fearless or fearful? We have traded the word “fear” for “responsible” as we safeguard the world in our bubble. Although we are inspired by people who have overcome struggles, the fears we have are not even real. It’s a given that Satan will attack us and he has no compassion or mercy for us, so we shouldn’t rob ourselves of the ability to fight when those attacks come. If we continue to buy into the lie that we shouldn’t offend anyone, we will find ourselves unable to talk about Jesus, as speaking about Him becomes increasingly offensive in our modern culture. We should be prayerful and calculated about how we prepare our children to deal with difficulty and teach them how to stand up for themselves as Ephesians 6 instructs us to do. Imagine if Jesse had taken David off shepherd duty when he had to kill a lion and a bear. David wouldn’t have been prepared to face Goliath! We too must put ourselves in situations where we will be challenged because what we don’t conquer, our children will have to face. It’s never too late to start to reverse some of the things we’ve done wrong.

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