If you have not yet heard of the latest social media craze, you soon will. Young teens and bewildered adults are going nuts over what is believed to be the summoning of a malignant Mexican spirit named Charlie. The “Charlie Charlie Challenge” is being played out mostly in 15 second Instagram bits and collecting above average response from the social media world. You may be sensing a lackadaisical response from me to something that seems very serious. Well, you are wrong.
I do believe that what our young people are venturing into with this sort of thing is extremely dangerous. The interaction they believe the are having and the lengths they are going to for their friends approval is something they should avoid. Now the challenge itself, which involves a sheet of paper, a sketched cross and two perfectly balanced pencils, really just boils down to our friend “gravity”. There is nothing inherently evil in that. Two perfectly balanced pencils are eventually going to give. That being said, anytime we make light of this sort of darkness, something needs to be addressed.
So, here is my address. And it happens to be directed to parents:
Between all of the things teens are involving themselves in and many parents seeming lack of concern for those things their kids are involved in, there should no surprise that a social media craze like “Charlie-Charlie” is going on.
While dangerous and to be avoided, “Charlie-Charlie” is only a temporary distraction for parents and leaders to think they are on top of monitoring what their kids are doing. Well, we are not. The only difference in this one is that it’s creepy. The battle has existed long before this phase began and will continue on when it’s gone. It’s actually when Charlie-Chalrie dies that the real battle begins.
The battle begins where it left off before Charlie-Charlie became popular. It will continue with things your kids are not only seeing but sharing on Instagram and Snapchat and the friends you allow your child to spend too much of a certain kind of time with.
Parents, the battle will pick up where it left off with you thinking your kid is not involved in anything that could possibly tarnish their(or your) reputation. The battle will pick up where we are convinced that our kid is “awesome” and not at fault for anything they might actually be guilty of. The battle will pick up where we thought it wasn’t important to address our child for something we know they did wrong, in order for us to be cool.
It’s so easy for us in the comfortable church culture of the South to believe that “possession” is limited to those “Exorcism” type movies where a short chubby priest walks into the room only to leave as a bowl of soup. On several occasions, God’s Word talks very differently about what it means for us to meddle in wickedness without repentance and salvation: sexual sin, gossip, self-suffiency. If that is a list we work off of and our children aren’t living in repentance, we don’t only have kids meddling in what they shouldn’t but already possessed by what the enemy is doing in their life.
Charlie-Charlie is a fad that does need to die. But what is more demonic than this “fun” activity is the conversations our kids are having over text and through social media. And what is even more demonic than that? Parents convincing themselves that our homes are bullet-proof to those things and failing to have the right conversations in their home.
Parents, there is a battle going on and we are the watchmen.