What does your cell phone company say about your parents?
It may seem like silly advertising, but the results go beyond product recognition.
Have you ever felt like the girl in the video above? Does it seem like your parents are using rules to wreak havoc on your life? Do they have the right to enforce boundaries for you even as you grow into a teenager, then young woman, then adult? Are their rules meant to be broken?
About half of the Christian girls we spoke to while researching Lies Young Women Believe revealed that they believe the lie “I am my own authority.” This belief was closely tied to the way they felt about their parents. Some of them even noticed the connection between the way they felt about their parents and the messages they received through the media. Here’s what they told us:
“I think that a lot of times today’s media, especially movies, depict parents as dumb or like they don’t have a clue or that they are weird. The media wants us to perceive them as if they are not a person, like they are just a stupid authority that doesn’t have a clue.”
“Fighting with your parents is no big deal.”
“My mom is really judgmental. I know that if there was something out of line about what I said or there was a personal experience that I wanted to talk about, she would judge me for it and she would tell me ‘you should do this, this, and this’ or 'you shouldn’t be doing that’ instead of just listening to me.”
Can you relate?
What challenges do you face in your relationship with your parents? Do the messages about authority portrayed in the media match what happens at your house or seem foreign to your perception of your parents? What have you learned from God’s Word about specific ways you should treat your parents and their rules?