Sometimes I wish I did not read the “Cheer & Jeers” column in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Several years ago, one Michael Polansky, complaining about a local TV station airing a beer commercial on Sunday morning when children might be unsupervised, wrote: “Parents might not realize that their children would be exposed to a beer commercial on Sunday morning.”
There was a day when few children would have had to suffer “television torment” on Sunday morning. Instead parents would expose children to fine people who taught their Sunday school classes. One of the greatest gifts any parent can give a child is the tools necessary to make good and righteous decisions in a child’s later years. Sunday school is a place where amazingly devoted adults nurture youngsters. These people regularly volunteer to guide our children.
I want to thank all those who work with Sam Elliott, Lori Plamondan, and the rest of our Children’s Council as they assemble a children’s program. They volunteer as our church continues to secure a full time Children’s Director. We owe these folks, and others working with them, a great debt of gratitude. As the quotable Norman Neaves wrote recently, “Every life experience is a building block for the future.” Thus, I am proud that we are giving our children good experiences.
What if we gave our children a break from watching television on the Christian Sabbath and instead brought them to church on Sunday morning? No beer commercials to worry about here at FUMC of Arlington, I assure you, Mr. Polansky.