Nothing in life ever stays the same. All of life is moving from seed to tree to fruit in one form or another. Countless times I have held the tiny infant in my arms amazed at how quickly they are changing and growing. Many times I have struggled under the weight of one of my children who I used to pick up and swing around freely. We expect this. We even anticipate it. As much as I love my children, I certainly don’t want them to stay that way forever. So why are we constantly surprised when baby sins easily held and played with and accepted inevitably come of age? Sins grow up just like everything else.
Godly wisdom would implore us to deal with these things while they are small before they mature. The Ten Commandments given by God to His people, Israel, were not a list of all the sins one could commit against God. Instead, they were a list of adult sins, sin as it looks when it is all grown up. Included in those commands were all the little baby sins that take us on the path to murder or adultery or idolatry. This is exactly what Jesus is driving home when He said, "You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Mt. 5:27), and, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment;" (Mt. 5:21). Lust grows up into adultery. Anger grows up into murder. Flirtatiousness in little girls grows up into promiscuity in young women. Crude behavior in young boys grows up into an unbearable machismo.
For the sake of brevity, let me give you just one example of what I am talking about: Miley Cyrus. Here is a young woman who has grown up as a product of our culture and millions of little girls are following in her footsteps. You can’t blame the parents, though. I mean, Hanna Montana was on the Disney channel. Why wouldn’t our little ones be safe watching that? There were no love scenes or foul language or violence…right? Of course not. Disney knows its audience. They are not going to have shows that look like the creepy old man down the street. But who can resist sweet, innocent, fun-loving Hanna with her cool, hip dad and goofy brother?
No, there were no sex scenes, just immature crushes, boy obsessions, and break-ups (let’s call them mini-divorces). There was no adult language, just silly, flippant, sometimes crude and demeaning words. There were no violent action scenes, but then again, what was even worth fighting for? And all of this came complete with a laugh machine in the background to teach our kids to laugh in all the right places. But something happened along the way. She grew up. All of her. Now, in her own words, she "can’t be tamed." There’s certainly nothing funny about that.