OK, I never had any children, myself, so I don’t really have any right to say anything about parenting, right? WRONG! I have seen too many children running rampant in the stores and in store parking lots. This is both annoying to others and dangerous, as kids can get hurt plus they can hurt frail senior citizens. I also have five nephews and would like to think was a decent role model for them. But you may still say I have no experience raising children and I don’t know how hard it can be. I do know, however, what God’s Word has to say about the parent-child relationship.
For the children: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.“(Genesis 20:12) This is a commandment directly from the mouth of God, and as such should be chiseled into a child’s mind and soul from as early an age as they can understand it. Children are prone to sinful ways from birth because they don’t know better. A 30-month year old toddler whose face is covered in chocolate will reply “no” when asked if they ate any of the brownies on the table. Someone named “Not Me” grew up in my household, though I never met him. Children should also be taught to fear the wrath of God so they keep the commandments and lead righteous lives. “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.”(Proverbs 11:4-5)
For the parents: “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”(Ephesians 6:4) Parents, be GODLY EXAMPLES showing your children what it is like to lead an obedient Christian life. Lead by example, teach your children the Gospels and guide them back toward the narrow gate whence they stray out of the light toward the darkness.
If we can get all of our children on to the path toward righteousness, we may see fewer and fewer disastrous episodes reported in our local news casts. Our country was originally founded by the Pilgrims who risked their lives in leaky boats to cross a perilous ocean to escape the tyranny and oppression which kept them from worshiping their Lord in England. Today there are more examples than ever in our history, of society removing God from every day life and from our schools. College classes are teaching that God is either dead or never existed.
Brothers and sisters, fight the good fight; run the race to the end; let’s put God back into our lives, our schools and our government. Look back over the past 220 years of U.S. history. We were so much better off when we kept God in our country and in our children. Our children are our future; God is our future. Let’s keep the Holy Spirit alive so that we can endure.