What is it that we value the most about our children? For many, they would say their innocence. The perception of innocence refers to the simplicity of a child’s lack of knowledge or exposure to the affairs of the world. It is this naïvety of a child that many parents strive to protect because it makes our children vulnerable. This is why we protect them from talking to strangers.
So what is to be said about The Walt Disney Company introducing a boy princess on Star vs. the Forces of Evil now airing on Disney XD? Daron Nefcy, creator of the animation and only the second woman to be an executive producer of a Disney animation, has an objective and that is to destroy gender roles. Nefcy has introduced Marco Diaz, who is 14 and Star’s quirky best friend. There is one slight predicament with Marco—his alter ego, a boy princess—Princess Turdina. In fact, on Nefcy’s twitter page she captions “Princess Turdina” with a picture of a female. Many are considering both the role of Princess Turdina and the Star vs. the Forces of Evil project as progressive and groundbreaking as for being the first animation series created by a female.
What do we tell our children, some who desire to visit one of the greatest attractions in the world? Disney has infiltrated our homes with their movies, sitcoms, and cartoons, deliberately exposing our children to adult content to dictate moral responses to moral dilemmas. We have seen a lesbian couple on Doc McStuffins, an openly gay tween on Andi Mack, and same-sex kissing on Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
The devil is prepared to come after our children because if he can compromise them early in life, everything in the future will be much easier. We must respond with prayer and education.
- Prayer is not the only thing we should do, but it is the first thing. Our prayers are the greatest weapon we have to guard our child(ren) against attacks. We must pray for their future, protection, strength, and wisdom.
- Education is important as well. Teaching them God is our moral compass will help them gain the correct perspective or ask the right questions. This is a great opportunity for their growth in discovering God for themselves.
In Deuteronomy 6:7 it says, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” The understanding of the scripture is, we must sharpen our children’s knowledge of who God is with a teaching that is diligent, earnest, frequent, discreet, and with skill. We must remain forthcoming when it comes to answering questions or addressing issues that are contrary to our beliefs because our children’s innocence and proper exposure to this world depend on it.