In today’s On the Square, David Mills reflects on how false prophets hurt families:
It is not easy for children to be Christians and to have dogmatically and morally rigorous parents, even when their parents are perfectly normal mainstream Christians, because that normal expression of the Faith no longer looks normal to the wider society. At best it looks odd, at worst delusional and oppressive, especially when Christians insist on it as a public truth. The world is always with us, and the worldlings will happily smear the competition by trying to make it seem as weird and uncool as possible.
The poor kids are marked out at the age at which children simply don’t want to be marked out. We should not increase the pressures upon them when we don’t have to, since there will be times that we will have to. That is one very good reason to shun false prophets.