Can I trust my kids with Barney

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Yes, you know who I’m talking about. The pink dinosaur so many millions of children have grown to love.

The perfect and problem free world of Barney

The perfect and problem free world of Barney

You can call me paranoid but my spider-sense is tingling regarding this ancient predator-turned-friendly dinosaur (he’s a Tyrannasaurus Rex, by the way, the cute dino that just happend to tear a guy in half in Jurrasic Park). To be fair, I’m not only wary of this guy, but also anything that wildly popular in society, which is also popular among Christians. My bible teaches me that there’s little agreement with what’s fun in the world (which is controlled by Satan), and what pleases God, and Satan’s no.1 mission is to drag people away from God.

So when so many Christians don’t give a second thought about letting their children watch Barney (and I was one of them!) I just thought of taking a more critical look.

It’s hard to get past Barneys giggles and his friends’ bad acting, but maybe as Christian parents we should try to get ‘inside the Barney suit’ and see if the values being promoted in Barney videos are in agreement with the bible?

I can already hear some Christian parents coming to Barney’s defence, maybe saying “what’s the harm with some humour and good morals and silly sing-alongs?”

I guess not much. I mean, can anyone out do Larry the Cucumber in Vegetables for his silly songs? But try this for an example:

I was listening to the first song on Titus’s Barney VCD. They had all been invited to a party and they wanted to have a good time. So, Barney starts of in a song that goes

Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Please shine down on me.
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Hiding behind a tree.
These little children are asking you. To please come out so we can play with you.
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Please shine down on me.

I’m just not comfortable with some guy in a dino suit teaching my son to sing to the sun. I would never to do that, and I would never teach him to pray to the sun, rain, trees or anything that is part of God’s creation. Mankind was created in God’s image, and with that was the ability to be aware of the True and Living God. It is to Him we should be praying to.

Not only that, you may or may not know of the occult deception of ‘mother earth worship’, where children and people are being taught that the Earth has feelings, emotion can feel pain and has a personality, and has energies that we as humans can ‘tap into’. The Egyptians prayed to the Sun (ra), and various elements of the earth and this is being heavily taught in today through the new age movement. The Emergent church is also embracing this ‘earth and self-centric’ spirituality as it liberates them from the confines of the Word of God. So singing a song to sun does not seem so ‘harmless’ now, does it?

There’s another song that goes “You can count on me.”

Sorry Barney, but the Bible teaches that I should put my trust in God, and not man (let alone a T-Rex with good intentions!)

The other thing I’m not comfortable with is the way Barney ‘evades’ real issues, and problems with ‘positive thinking’. Positive thinking is the unbiblical psychology of “all things are possible with me” instead of the biblical “all things are possible with God”.

Turns out I’m not the only one with some concerns, I found article written a someone who’s not a christian and was written at a time when web pages were still written in plain HTML! Here are some excerpts:

What’s so dangerous about Barney? In a word, denial: the refusal to recognize the existence of unpleasant realities. For along with his steady diet of giggles and unconditional love, Barney offers our children a one-dimensional world where everyone must be happy and everything must be resolved right away.

His often manic attempts to rescue a youngster from distress (“What can we do to make Kathy happy?” “Are you still scared?”) teach his young audience to resist or flee painful emotions, an approach that only guarantees their persistence.

Full article here

So I’m just sharing my concerns as a Christian parent, be aware, very aware, not just of Barney, but of anything thing, person and media your child is being exposed to on a regular basis.

Discernment is important, watch what your kids watch (even if its really annoying to your adult mind), and if you see anything that needs explaining from a biblical point of view, explain it to them. Let them sing the other songs if they don’t collide with biblical teachings, but where they do collide, gently tell your kids to not sing them.

p/s: someone suggested that the Montessory syllabus has new age teachings in it, but I haven’t confirmed this. Let me know if you can substantiate that claim.

Home schooling anyone?

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10 thoughts on “Can I trust my kids with Barney

  1. Aylwin

    heh heh… the advantage i have here is that barney speaks and sings in either Czech or Slovak, so we don’t understand a single word!! Except maybe for the i love you, you love me melody.

  2. well, it’s true that those words barney uses (those you quoted here) are unbiblical from that point of view.
    But we can’t just don’t buy tv, internet, books, etc.
    everything in the world is distracting us from the truth. Like what you mention, parents should watch the tv programmes our kids are watching (not that i have kids).
    Guide them and perhaps prepare them to discern what is the truth and what is not, instead of just shutting them from the world outside.

    what if, you let them watch, and after that ask them what do they learn from Barney? and lead them into biblical teaching later on.

    God bless. 🙂

  3. Morgan

    For goodness sakes people you’re letting your religion get in the way of your child having a good time! What’s terrible about asking the sun to come out and shine so they can play??? They aren’t praying to the sun god or anything like that. You religious fanatics are the ones turning this into a bad thing. Barney teaches kids to share, imagine, dance, and sing!!! The arts are so important in a childs growth and development. So…stick your child with boring religious TV shows…see if they don’t rebel against you later!

  4. anonymous

    Oh my God!! I never thought of “people” criticising Barney. So called “christian” ppL probably have more to talk off, than a figure that only entertains kids!! My baby loves Barney, so do I & my older kids. Chill ppl & don’t be grouchy!! 🙂 Now Barney ain’t saying he created the worl or to worship him!!!

  5. mikey

    Thank you for posting this. I’m a Christian also. I used to let my kid watch Barney until I heard that sun worship song. When I heard it, I believe the Holy Spirit warned me about it. And actually I heard the song on the show and while they were singing it they were dressed as ancient Egyptians and it’s common knowledge that that culture was all about pagan worship. Also while performing the song they were making signs with there hands and arms that seemed very similiar to other occult and masonic signs. God bless and don’t pay attention the worldly comments. They won’t understand unless hopefully they become a Christian one day. You already seem aware that satan is very tricky and yes he comes after kids. He’s all in the nickolodeon and disney networks. Ephesians 6:11

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