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Holiness and Toys

While play constitutes an important part of a child’s life and development, the modern toy market poses a serious threat to our children’s souls. The devil has infiltrated the toy and game industry, and by means of soul-destroying playthings, is admitted into many homes. If children are to grow up to live radically holy, they must begin when they are young. This necessitates careful discrimination as to their toys and games.

The apostle Paul states, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1 Cor. 15:33. In this verse the Greek word “communications” has the meaning of “companionship.” Many parents would shudder at the thought of their children closely associating with murderers, profligates, and other criminals on the street, but do not realize that their children are already intimately “befriended” by these characters through the games they play and the dolls they use! Thus multitudes of children have utterly atrocious companions, the admiration and affection for whom fills their hearts and minds. Is it any wonder children are being corrupted?

Often it is said, “Oh, but he is just a child,” thus trying to excuse actions performed in play that would be unacceptable were they actually performed in “real life.” One big folly of such reasoning is, that for children, play is very real. While an adult can, in many cases, pick up a game or toy and then lay it aside without retaining much effect on his mind, a child is vulnerable to indelible marks on his character left by his play.

After children engross themselves in highly addictive computer and video games with an all-pervading emphasis on bloodshed and killing, how could any rational parent wonder why their child murdered his classmates or others? After being subjected to years of Barbie doll play, should parents be bewildered when their daughter is with child, even before reaching an age suitable for marriage?

The training of children for heaven means causing children to live saintly in all stages of childhood and adolescence. It is ridiculous for parents to buy toy guns for their boys to play war games with, expecting that they will eventually embrace the Biblical standard of nonviolence in later life without any scruple. In like manner, if children are not to fall prey to the vicious clutch of the worldly spirits which advocate racing cars, limousines, and other vehicles utterly incompatible with the Holy Spirit, should they be supplied with toy cars of this nature, and then be expected to shun all pride and ostentation when they buy their first “real” car? Nor do saints’ children pretend to be characters they could not rightfully be in “real” life (eg., racers, professional athletes, policemen, soldiers, and others). While it is not wrong for children to use their imagination in play, it must reflect reality and holiness. This Biblical principle also entirely rules out monsters and other unearthly conceptions from children’s play.

Pro. 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go [in later life]…” All too many parents, after years of spiritual unawareness and carelessness, awaken to find that their little children have become adolescents and young adults whose hearts and minds are ingrained with worldliness and sinfulness. At this point many parents spring to frantic action to recover the damage, only to find that once-tender hearts are now indivertable from illicit affections.

O parents, be careful what toys and activities occupy your children, and remember that now is the time to instruct your children in the way of holiness! &

Benjamin Tovstiga

Brief History of the Barbie Doll

• 1952: A cartoonist created Lilly, a pornographic caricature, a gold digger, exhibitionist and floozy who flung herself repeatedly at balding, jowly fat cats.

• 1955: Her audience is adult men who received her as a sexy souvenir at bachelor parties–sold in tobacco shops and bars–made in Hamburg, Germany, then Hong Kong.

• Barbie had full lips, ample cleavage, arched eyebrows and sensual sideways glance.

• It took Ruth Handler, the woman who bought Lilly and owned the company Mattel along with her husband, a while to convince husband and all-male staff to build the doll.

• 1959: Barbie debuted at International Toy Fair. Many doll buyers refused to stock her. Others worried she was too mature.

• Girls loved her, then won parents over.

• Sells over 172,000 per day.

• According to Mattel, the typical girl between the ages of three and ten owns 8 Barbie dolls.

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