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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 8A HERALDZEITUNG Saturday October RELIGION Parents should act as leaders not victims TIM JUDKINS One of the political hot pota toes this election year is the deca dent nature of the entertainment industry Candidates are decrying the evils of Hollywood and demanding they clean up their act These shallow politicians claim that our children are being targeted and ultimately exposed to the filth that movies display and that the future of a healthy society depends on what Hollywood produces Thank God there is hope for our helpless children who find themselves entrenched in front of the electronic babysitter for end less hours mindlessly rolling from one channel to another After all passive entertainment has become a childs inherent right Parents abdication of supervision and influence can be excused now that the new supervising force for children is being held responsible for the power it wields Kids that demand to be dropped off at the cinema to relieve them of the awful boredom of an evening at home with other fami ly members can know that the entertainment god will be held at bay and not unduly influence their delicate souls with smut Since mom and dad have yielded their Godgiven influence over to mindless linear input the enter tainment industry can bear the parental burden of putting whole some values into our beloved tnunchkins Then there is the computer Since parents have relinquished their power to forces stronger than they deem controllable and since it is the kids who now set the rules something must be done about the Internet Demanding that godless people in a godless industry behave in a Godhonoring way appears to be our only strategy Christian parents have appar ently forgotten that greater is he that is in us than he that is in the or that they are biblically empowered to guide and disci pline their children toward godly values and healthy choices It appears that we are satisfied to address symptoms and not caus es Golf clubs are the problem not the golfer Hollywood will change when godly people live with godly character Christian parents need to act like people in charge rather than victims of a godless society Movies television and the com puter are not rights of every human child Godlessness will continue to grow and abound as long as there are people willing to spend money and yield their influence to entertainments per ceived power The only hope of altering the situation is to shift the power base back to where it belongs Parents need to take the reins of their parental influence back and inten tionally set boundaries that allow children to both observe and adopt godly values The television does not have to be watched movies do not have to be seen and the Internet does not have to be surfed Hollywoods influence is not the problem Our character is The only answer to overcoming the inevitable influence of evil is to fight it on a spiritual front People who love God with all their heart soul strength and mind position themselves to honor God instead of indulging their Christlike charac ter makes healthy choices even when no one is looking Tim Judkins leads the Contemporary Service each Sunday at First Protestant Young Life hosts Manhattanstyle fundraiser with coffee desserts Photo Submitted The Boo Yah Crew members of Young Life rally to support the New Braunfels Unicorns volley ball team Young Life hosts its annual fundraiser Cafe Young at Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center which will be transformed into a Manhattanstyle coffee shop Potters Clay performs Photo Submitted Potters Clay of San Antonio will perform Thursday in Landa Park A concert in the park featuring Potters Clay of San Antonio takes place from 7 to 9 Thursday in Landa Park The show also will feature a short presentation It is free and open to the public Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs The concert is hosted by Cornerstone Church of San Antonio For information call 6257159 BY McMiCHAEL Staff Writer Young Life hosts its annual fundraiser this year titled Cafe Young at Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center which will be transformed into a Manhattanstyle coffee shop Attendees will enjoy desserts and coffee catered by The Carriage Haus and Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort The dessert banquet has been underwritten so there is no cost to Young Lifes operating budget and admission is free of charge A major purpose of the fund raiser is to show the community what Young Life is all about The interdenominational group of adults teenagers and preteens is designed to give hope and pur pose in kids lives Its really a time for us to showcase what Young Life does in the communi ty there will be a lot of humor youll hear from the kids about their involvement in Young Life and what their involvement has meant to them Youll hear from me as well as far as what our purpose and what our future said Mark Krimm area direc tor of Young Life in Comal Hays and Guadalupe counties Along with Krimm members of the steering committee of Young Life Carola Davis Cecil Eager and Dib Waldrip are in charge of putting Cafe Young Life together Well probably have 50 to 75 of our high school and midv die school kids who will actually be participating in the Krimm said After enjoying dessert and being informed entertained and inspired by the program atten dees will be given an opportunity to pledge support to Young Life to help fund the programs of the coming year As a result of recent donations after a contributionsparse sum mer Young Life is pulling out of a financial hole to face the com ing months with renewed energy We are so much better Krimm said during an interview Monday Ninety days ago you guys New Braunfels Herald Zeitung ran the article that basi cally said we were on our way 1 uc Oak Style Bedroom Sef out Within a couple of weeks we received close to Though last year was finished with some deficit this fiscal years budget which began Oct 1 has been cut to balance out the financial situation We really are committed to stick it out and really make it not only survive but grow in its impact So the exciting thing is that were not leaving town were not pulling up Krimm said Weve had some great funding in the past several weeks and were committed to have a great banquet and not let money stand in our way I believe we do incredible work in the schools and where kids hang Krimm said Its probably never been more critical for an organization like Young Life to be where kids The annual Young Life fund raisers are public events open to anyone interested Anybody in the community is welcome to come and enjoy coffee and desserts and get a really exciting look at Young Krimm said For information call 6263270 fe aot studies N I KAl I t XA l I I I KM 1 AKC SutKMttt at J4 J5 Qualify Momes Jlfo City Taxes Architecturally Restricted Navarro Schools acre Underground Utilities Protective Deed Restrictions Lots from now 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