Sunday, May 24, 2009

Parents and Children

Focus verses: Proverbs 23:22-25

God has specific ideas about what makes a family. In these verses, we hear the duties of a child. Listen to your father and revere your mother. He assumes that there is a father and a mother in the house.

There is no alternative lifestyle here.

He tells the child to get truth, wisdom, discipline and understanding,

The truth is that there is objective right and wrong. There are absolutes.

Wisdom says you will learn the difference between right and wrong, that you will adhere to the right and eschew the wrong.

Discipline says you will keep your behaviors under control, acquiescing to the will of the Father.

Understanding means that you acknowledge the consequences of your actions, that you expect every action to carry the seeds of its own reward or punishment.

As a nation, we seem to have forgotten these principles. We have taught our young people situation ethics, a concept which says that sometimes something is right and other times it isn't, depending on the circumstances. Teaching our children this is something akin to building on quicksand.

We need to return to the rock of truth. Our children need to know about absolutes, about truth, about consequences, lest our world perish entirely.

Father, God,

Return us to the truth of Your precepts. Help us to teach our youth so that they have the steady foundation of Your truth on which to build their lives.
In Jesus' most precious name.

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