Brownies

"But, Dad, it's only PG-13," blurted Brandon. "Did you forget I'm already 13?"

                         PG-13

"Yea, and I'm 15," said Brianna. "Besides everyone else in our church youth group has already seen it, even Pastor Ron. They said it was really good. Did we tell you who was in it? He claims he's a Christian actor too, so it can't be that bad."

 "And they don't show anything really sexy, just an idea or two," added Brandon. "And the language isn't too bad. They only use one or two four letter words, the better ones,  &#%@  and they only use God's name a couple of times in the whole two hours."

"And you should see the special effects. They say they are fa-bu-lo-so! And Bryce and I only have 3 fast years until we're 13," chimed in Bruce. It's really action packed too. You see, they blow up this building with stuff made from their Mom's kitchen. So what if some people get blown up.

                                           Building blowing up

Bryce, Bruce's twin brother, explained, "After all, they are only actors. It's not really toooo... violent, You know, just the normal stuff."

"No girls in bikinis either, I think, and..."

"Well, let me think." He paused a moment. "OK, kids, I'll make a deal with you, But you have to make me a promise first. Sound fair?

"Sure."

"Do you really mean it?"

"Wow, is this our Dad?"

"Does Mom know about this?"

 "Not yet, but I'm sure she will hear about it. All you must do is eat my brownies and get your chores done first."

" Ah, Bryce, I think it's you turn to clean up after Casey. When you clean up the in the back yard I want you to bring me a sample in a baggie like I showed you, OK?"

 "Bummer! I thought we just took Casey to the vet for her check up and stool test."

"To you stations, Troops. I'll see you at 19:45 hours. (That's 7:45 PM Bruce.)" commanded Dad.

Militaryclock

The troops fled. Dad headed for the kitchen. He was going to bake some brownies just for this occasion, but with one small difference.

As Dad pulled the brownies from the oven just after 7:45 he called his troops, "Time to get down here. Time to keep the rest of your deal."

"No sweat!"

"Yea, Dad's brownies are the best!

"Can you believe it? Our movie and Dad's brownies."

"Double great!"

"Line up, Troops. All cores done?"

All heads nodded.

brownies

  "OK, here's a big chunk of brownie for each of you... but I must tell you there is one small added ingredient."

"I don't care," said Brandon. "You make the best!"

"It's just one small bit of Casey's doggie doo."

"Aaagh!"

"Gro-oss!"

"You've got to be kidding! You want to poison us or something?" accused Brandon.

"I'm getting sick just thinking about it." Brianna ran for the bathroom.

But Dad continued loudly so Brianna could still hear, "You all made a deal. I assure you the rest of the recipe is exactly the same. I'm sure they will taste just like my regular ones. Eat your brownies. They will be great."

Even explaining how little doggie doo was in the brownies, the teens and the twins would not take one small bite.

"You tricked us," protested Brandon.

"That's not fair."

"Oh, really? You agreed to the deal."

man explaing to a child   Dad then explained,  "That movie is just like these brownies. The devil tries to doggie doo our minds and hearts by making us believe that just a little bit of something bad won't really hurt us. That tiny bit of it in the brownies probably wouldn't kill you, it just makes it disgusting. However, the little bit of bad  in the movie will poison you minds and hearts in time, Brandon. The fact that those bad things in the movie have not disgusted you is already a warning that Satan has already gotten some of his poison in all of you."

"Got it" groaned the returning Brianna.

"Me too," said Brandon.

The twins still were not sure. "Huh?"

"OK," Dad continued, "pretend that the sexy ideas are one spoonful of doggie doo. Pretend that the bad language is another spoonful of doggie doo. Pretend that that the violence is another spoonful of doggie doo. Pretend that the ways you are learning to do bad things like building bombs is..."

"Oh, I get it," Bruce popped.

"Me too," added Bryce. "After a while the whole thing will be nothing more than a lot of doggie doo, and you won't even be able to taste the good stuff like the chocolate."

 "That's exactly it, Bryce. Smart kid! But let's say you didn't know theses brownies had doggie doo and you ate them. They may taste just the same because there is so little. The then next time I put in just a little more and you ate them and still liked them. You would eventually get used to the taste and start liking it even though it is disgusting."

"That's the way sin is. At first just a little doesn't seem too bad. Then you add a little more and that doesn't seem too bad either. After a while a whole lot of sin won't seem bad, just like the bad brownies. Anyone still want to eat their brownie so they can watch the movie?"

     movies

Brandon choked, "No way! Brianna already barfed once. But Dad, isn't it the same for the music we listen to?"

                                         CD's     

"And the books we read?" asked Bruce.          

                                                                                       library

"And the friends we hang out with," added Brianna, "and anything else we let into our life that has even a little bit of sin in it."

"Exactly. You've got it."

Brandon shared another idea, "I guess if Jesus were with us in this room, I would not really want Him to see us watching something with doggie doo in it. I would be embarrassed."

"But Jesus is in this room, " protested Bryce. He's everywhere and in my heart. From now on I'm going to think of doggie doo brownies before I do something."

They all agreed.

"All my kids are smart," said Dad

 

 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes... I will not know wickedness.  Psalm 101:3a-4b

Casting down imaginations (thoughts), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  2 Corinthians 10:4-6 

The LORD trieth (tests) the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Psalm 11:5

Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity (wickedness)... but mischief (wickedness) is in their hearts.  Psalm 28:3

The wicked plotteth against the just...   Psalm 37:12

The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies (divine laws).  Psalm 119:95

The wicked have laid a snare for me...  Psalm 119:110

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.  Proverbs 4:14

 

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Ideas taken and adapted from the story "Brownies With a Difference"
by Annette Nay

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