by Michael Pearl from No Greater Joy – What Are We Going to Do?
Editor’s note: In this short piece Michael sings the praises of rural life while throwing shade at the people that must live in cities. Hate to break it to him but there are just as many sexual predators per capita in the country as there are in the city. The difference being is that they have to be more creative to continue their perving. Where there are less of a potential victim pool it requires a certain shift in methods and expectations. But it does happen. Even Cane Creek isn’t safe.
I understand that some of you live in an environment that offers your children very little opportunity for safe interaction with others. If you live in a Sodom-like town or neighborhood, your only options are keeping them indoors or letting them play with the children of Sodom and near the child molesters among them. You are going to lose either way. It is for that reason that I moved my family out of Memphis, 20 years ago when my older kids were just entering their teen years. It was the best move I ever made.
I realize that, as desirable as it is for Christians to live in a Godly rural community, some of you are either unwilling or unable to make such a move. So what can you do if you are trying to raise kids and you are living in or near a “Sodom”? It is going to take more energy than raising kids in the country, because you have to be so much more on guard. You must make a serious effort to create a play and entertainment environment for your teenagers, and then be on hand to manage it.
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