Our Children

The Bible contains “all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). God knows better than any pop psychologist the solutions for every ailment of society. Dr. D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe titled their book after a hypothetical supposition, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? In chapter eleven, they assert (with ample evidence):

“Nothing in the annals of history compares to what Christianity has done, and can still do, to civilize barbaric people. Nothing! Much of the “civilized” attitudes we have in society ultimately come from our Judeo-Christian heritage.” (p. 157)

Conduct based upon the Bible has done more to positively impact societies than any other theory, religious or secular, of social behavior. If we want safety, respect, and justice for generations to come, we must return to God’s biblical principles. So, what can we do?

[1] Influence and example are a powerful teacher. The old adage, “Do what I say, not what I do” will not cut it with a bright and informed youth. It is a sad experience for children to attend a D.A.R.E. assembly at school about avoiding the evils of alcohol/drug addiction only to go home to parents immersed in these sins. We must all be an example to our children. Would you want your child to grow up into… you?

[2] Wrong is wrong (and we all do things wrong on occasion). Be honest enough to confess to children that you are not perfect; because you did something wrong does not make it right for them to do. What lesson is taught to children in glorifying “the good ole’ days” where wild oats were sown with such fun and good times? “What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.” (Romans 6:19, 21). Our conduct does not justify our children doing the same thing if it is wrong. We must never excuse, justify or romanticize sin.

[3] And last of all, we must teach our children godliness. Children are sponges, sucking up information like a cherry-limeade slushy. Our youth are not static. If we sit back on our throne of judgment and nay-say everything they do and never provide them with an alternative activity, Satan will provide one for them. What they need is activity and stimulation to do good. Wholesome activities and attitudes are not inherited; they are taught, and there is no other source as full to the brim with goodness as the Bible. We must teach our children the Bible. We need to encourage them (as well as ourselves) to attend Bible studies, church activities and worship services. We need to show in action the importance of godliness. The biggest insult you can deal a child is emphasizing the importance of “good” while neglecting the ultimate source of good (God). When everything but God comes first, you teach your children what is important. And, it’s a lesson our children learn for life.

Jeff Sweeten