Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk— not as unwise people but as wise. (Eph. 5:15)
“Hey Mom, how come this DVD doesn’t have a picture on it?” my eight-year-old son asked. “It’s just got the name of the DVD written on it with marker.”
I didn’t like the fact that my brother-in-law downloaded movies off the Internet. My husband, Joe, had confronted Danny about it during his recent visit, but stealing what Danny consid- ered to be “free” just didn’t seem to register with him.
“It doesn’t have a picture on it because it was downloaded from the Internet,” I admitted. I hated explaining that to my son, but I didn’t want to lie to him either. I was angry with my brother-in-law for setting a bad example for my son.
“Oh. How come he doesn’t buy the DVD from the store like everyone else?”
“Well,” I said, “Uncle Danny told Daddy that he’s trying to save money. But the truth is that he’s breaking the law. If he gets caught, he would have to pay huge fines and face the possibility of jail time.”
“Then why does he do it, Mom? I don’t want Uncle Danny to go to jail.”
“Neither do I, sweetie.”
Our children are always watching us. They see our behavior and want to emulate us. Are your children learning that as Christians they need to “be imitators of God” (Eph. 5:1), or are they learning that things such as downloading movies and songs without paying for them is OK as long as they don’t get caught? God wants us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him. Romans 14:12 says, “Each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Our godly examples will bear witness to our children.