Vol. 5, Issue 16 | April 19, 2019

Vol. 5, Issue 16 | April 19, 2019

Three Things This Week

1. KIDS Act

What it is: A proposed piece of legislation for better protecting young children online.

Why its exciting: The Kids Internet Design and Safety Act is the work of the same senator who introduced the 1990 Children’s Television Act, who says that current laws should extend to content providers like YouTube and Netflix, not just TV. The bill isn’t available for review as it’s still being drafted, but its creators promise things we can all get behind, like limits on marketing and commercialization, incentives for positive content creation, limits on manipulative design features, and the prevention of the amplification of harmful content. With our kids becoming more and more tech savvy, and with more and more destructive content (p*rn, violence, mass shootings, etc.) so easily stumbled upon, it’s time. But since the proposed bill wouldn’t go into effect until 2020, it’s also a reminder of how necessary it is to take action now to safeguard our children from harmful online content.

2. Shell On

What it is: A new challenge that began on Snapchat and involves eating things with their “shells” on—i.e. the peel of bananas or oranges, the plastic from a bag of baby carrots…

Why its a domino effect: As articles and news reports multiply, the cycle begins: News outlets jump on the story, hoping to gain viewers by warning of the challenge’s “dangers” and even chuckling at teens’ need to “go viral” and gain followers (wait, isn’t that what the news outlets are doing…?). Not wanting to be left behind, more and more sources report on it, inciting more fear, disdain, tweets, and posts, thereby causing what might have been a small blip on the radar to go viral and potentially escalate to more dangerous stakes. Rather than joining this cycle, keep abreast of any developments with the challenge and talk to your kids if the situation warrants, not only about any dangers, but also about underlying desires such challenges exploit.

3. Time’s 100

What it is:TimeMagazine released its list of the 100 most influential people in 2019.

Why it’s enlightening:According toTime’s editor-in-chief, “The list is about influence, for good or for ill.” This year’s list includes 48 women, several social activists, artists, politicians, and athletes. Making the list more meaningful is the fact that each person listed has something written about them by someone in their field who understands the impact they’re making on the minds and hearts of the next generation. Skim the list with your teens. Do they recognize most of the names? Who would make their list of the top people shaping how they see and interpret the world around them?

Resource Spotlight: We get it, talking with teens can be tough, especially if you’re feeling a growing disconnect. And with so many other voices fighting for their attention, communicating how much you care about them—let alone showing them the path to true, abundant life—can seem impossible. But it’s not! Our One Conversation Model is a simple framework that allows you to gain the influence and time you need to disciple your teen’s heart. These three free videos walk you through the model so you can have a great conversation with them about what matters. Sign up to watch the videos today before they disappear April 25 at midnight MDT!

A Time to Mourn

On Monday evening, hundreds of Parisians lined the banks of the Seine to weep, pray, and sing as their beloved lady Notre Dame Cathedral burned. For over 850 years this Gothic house of worship withstood revolutions, escaped bombs of two world wars, and outlasted her Nazi occupiers—only to be gutted by what appears to be an accidental fire. It’s utterly heartbreaking, especially during Holy Week. In a culture that typically numbs pain with narcotics or endless entertainment, it was almost edifying to watch so many Christians and non-Christians alike standing in painful solidarity, moved to tears at the loss of such a historic house of worship. Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned in their grief.

As your family prepares to celebrate Easter, don’t rush past the cross en route to the empty tomb. To help prepare your family for the joy that Easter morning brings, the Christian calendar provides the time and space leading up to Sunday morning whereby we participate in the passion of Christ.

Last night marked the beginning of The Triduum, the three days leading up to Easter when believers can mystically participate in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus by retelling the story and recalling His pain and suffering. Embrace the darkness today brings by attending a solemn Good Friday service. Weep with the women at the cross as they watched their Savior die. Read the passion narrative as a family. Sit with the pain and grief on Holy Saturday as Jesus lies dead in the grave. If your church has a Saturday evening Easter service, skip it in favor of a delayed gratification on Sunday morning. Ponder anew our own complicity in the death of God. Try to imagine the pain, confusion, doubt, and fear His followers must have felt on Friday and Saturday. Then, and only then, when we’ve walked the road to Golgotha this weekend with the historical Jesus, can we truly celebrate the miracle of the risen Christ on Easter morning.

Keep the Faith!

The Axis Team

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