My Father

Two teenagers asked their father if they could go to the theater to watch a movie that all their friends had seen. He denied their request.

“Ah Dad, why not? They complained. Dad replied, “Because nowadays every movie contains nudity or portrays immorality as being normal and acceptable behavior.”

“By Dad, those are just very small parts of the movie! Our friends who have seen it have told us. The movie is 2 hours long and those scenes are just a few minutes of the total film.” They continued, “It’s based on a true story and good triumphs over evil and there are other redeeming themes like courage and self-sacrifice. Even the movie review website says that!”

Dad said, “My answer is ‘NO’, and that is my final answer. You will not go and watch the film. End of discussion.”

The two teenagers walked dejectedly into the family room and slumped down on the couch. As they sulked, they were surprised to hear the sounds of their father preparing something in the kitchen. They soon recognized the wonderful aroma of brownies baking in the oven and one of the teenagers said to the other, “Dad must be feeling guilty and now he is going to try to make it up to us with some fresh brownies. Maybe we can soften him with lots of praise when he bring them out to us and persuade him to let us to that movie after all.”

The teens were not disappointed. Soon their father appeared with a plate of warm brownies, which he offered to his kids and they each took one. Then their father said, “Before you eat, I want to tell you something; I love you both so much.” The teenager smiled at each other with knowing glances. Dad was softening.

“That is why I’ve made these brownies with the very best ingredients. I’ve made them from scratch. Most of the ingredients are even organic; the best organic flour, the best free range eggs, the best organic sugar, premium vanilla and chocolate.” The brownies looked mouth-watering and the teens began to become a little impatient with their Dad’s long speech. “But I want to be perfectly honest with you. There is one ingredient I added that is not usually found in brownies. I got that ingredient from our own back yard. But you needn’t worry, because I only added the tiniest bit of that ingredient to your brownies. The amount of the portion is practically insignificant. So go ahead, take a bite and let me know what you think?”

“Dad, would you mind telling us what that mystery ingredient is before we eat?” “Why? The portion I added was so small, just a teaspoonful. You won’t even taste it.”

“Come on Dad; just tell us what that ingredient is?”

“Don’t worry! It is organic, just like the other ingredients.”


“Well, ok, if you insist. That secret ingredient is organic Dog Poop.”

Both the teens instantly dropped their brownies back on the plate and began inspecting their fingers with horror. “Dad! Why did you do that? You’ve tortured us by making us smell those brownies cooking for the last half hour and now you tell us that you added dog poop! We can’t eat these brownies!”

“Why not? The amount of dog poop is very small compared to the rest of the ingredients. It won’t hurt you. It’s been cooked right along with the other ingredients. You won’t even taste it. It has the same consistency as the brownies. Go ahead and eat!”

“No Dad. Never!”

Dad blurted, “And that is the same reason I won’t allow you to go to watch movies. You won’t tolerate a little dog poop in your brownies, so why should you tolerate a little immorality in your movies?”


We pray, in the Lord’s Prayer, God Almighty will not lead us unto temptation, so how can we in good conscience entertain ourselves with something that will imprint a sinful image in our minds that will lead us into temptation long after we first see it?

Remember, we become de-sensitized a little bit at a time; it is the small and minimal sins that we forget the most be aware of all kind of sins.

“Don’t give the devil and “inch” or else he will be the “ruler”. May God Lead and Guide Us!