Internet Mayhem


Idolatry-Discerning: Temptation


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 1:10

My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!


"If it's too good to be true, it usually is." This was one of my father's refrains as we were growing up. It gave us a healthy dose of cynicism for ads that came our way via radio, television, comic books, etc. In this episode, Internet ads entice Liz into breaking all kinds of rules-giving out personal information on the Internet, stealing money from his mom by using her credit card without permission, and telling lie after lie to cover up his activities.

All of us, children and adults, are drawn in by ads for things we want or need and sometimes this enticement becomes an occasion to sin. James writes about this process when he says, "Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death (James 1:14, 15)." (See also Genesis 4:7.)

What am I willing to do in order to get what I want? If we are ashamed of what we are doing, if we can't tell our parents, family, or friends, then we can be pretty sure that what we are doing is a bad idea, one that we ought to abandon before we get entangled in sin. So a good tool of discernment for kids is to have them say to themselves, "Am I afraid to tell my parents about this?" That's a pretty good sign that whatever they are doing is not pleasing God, not safe for themselves, and disobedient to their parents.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What did Liz find on the Internet that he wanted to get?
A. A free “boom” box.

Q. What does he have to do to get it?
A. Buy a lot of other stuff.

Q. Where did he get the money to buy that stuff?
A. He used his mom’s credit card.

Q. What did Morrie warn him about?
A. Giving out personal information.

Q. What else did Liz end up doing to try to get it?
A. He told a lot of lies.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Is it wrong to be tempted?


No, it is human to be tempted. Even Jesus was tempted. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus was tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. The sin is not the temptation itself, it is giving in to the temptation. And, because Jesus had the experience of being tempted, he understands and can help us when we are tempted. Hebrews 2:18 explains, “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”


Can you think of a time when you were tempted? What did you do? Did you give in, or stand firm? If you did give in, talk to God about it and ask his forgiveness. And remember, Jesus understands and will help you to overcome whenever you are tempted.
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