As a result of Colorado’s poor decisions, marijuana coated candy is now posing a new set of concerns for our little trick-or-treaters. This month the Denver Police Department is cautioning parents to be especially watchful with their children’s Halloween candy. It seems some people may hand out marijuana candy that looks almost identical to normal candy. They caution parents to toss anything which looks like it has been tampered with or anything that isn’t from a major brand (NY Times).
It’s sad and scary that parents need to watch out for these types of hazards. While this specific threat is new, parents have always had to protect their children from danger. Jochebed put Moses in a basket on the Nile River to protect him from being killed by Pharaoh (Exodus 2). When Solomon ordered for the child to be cut in two in order to test which of the two women the child belonged to, the true mother spoke up and asked for the child to be spared and given to the other woman (1 Kings 3:16-27). With the help of the Lord, Joseph and Mary fled from King Herod in order to protect baby Jesus from being killed (Matthew 2).
Protecting our children is natural and right, but the protection shouldn’t stop at the physical level. Spiritual protection is even more important. We must train up our children in the way of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6). We must bring up our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). We need to teach them about God and grow their relationship with Him (Deut 6:6-9). Doing these things will guard and protect our children from the increasing spiritual threats in our society.
Whether it is marijuana coated candy, evil predators, or something else, let’s guard our children. But most importantly of all, let’s watch out for spiritual threats and keep our children safe in the arms of the Lord.