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  • Child Rearing—Surprisingly Simple!

    BlogChildRearing2Child Rearing—how shall it be done?  What is the best method?  What child-training guru shall you follow: Spock, Dobson, Ezzo, Gothard, Pearl? Oh, my!  You only have one chance, one opportunity, one time slot to rear your children for Christ.  This is serious.  It is eternal.  You must get this right!

    Oh, the parental laments in the after years: What did I do wrong?  Was I too busy?  Was I too strict?  Was I too lenient?  Was I too conservative?  Was I too liberal?  Were my standards too high?  Were my standards too low?  My children no longer go to church.  My children go to such a liberal church.  My children have committed fornication, adultery; they drink, do drugs, some have chosen alternate lifestyles.  My heart is broken.  What do I do now?

    What is the answer to rearing children for Christ, children who will live for Him?  It is surprisingly simple.  No, you do not have to be a perfect parent.  No, you do not need to be highly educated.  No, you do not need to read the child-rearing gurus.  No, you do not need to take child-rearing classes, read all the blogs, follow instructions from this man or that woman.  God’s child-rearing plan has lasted through the ages, and still works today.  And, it is again, surprisingly simple.

    Have you never read or heard that although believers in Christ became martyrs for Christ, their deaths did not stamp out belief in Christ, but instead, with each person burned at the stake, many more became believers in Him?  Isn’t that what we want for our children?  To become believers in Christ?  We want them to have a personal relationship with their Father in Heaven, and with their King, Jesus, and we want them to hear and follow His Holy Spirit.  Can this be accomplished by child-rearing methods?  Not likely.

    And so what accomplishes this?  Again, the person being burned alive for his belief in Christ leaves what kind of testimony?  This person believed in a living God.  This person would rather die than deny Him.  This person would choose death over unspiritual life.  This person obeyed all that he knew to obey, all that he read in the Bible.  The Bible was Truth.  This person found the living God and His Truth, and would not forsake it for anything: not for home, not for fame, not for money, not for family, not for life.

    If our children could see some people dying for Christ, becoming martyrs for Him, they just might believe that there is a living God worth living and dying for.  We are what our children see.  And what is it that they really see?  Do they see a dad and mom that live, really live for Christ or do they see a dad and mom living for the things of this world?  Do they see a dad and mom following the truth of God’s Word, or a dad and mom following their own truth, doing what is right in their own eyes?  Do they see a dad and mom who argue and can’t get along or do they see a dad and mom who love each other by giving themselves in the service of one another?
    Do they see a dad and mom living fleshly carnal lives or do they see a dad and mom who strive to be holy and live pure lives?

    Is Jesus King in our lives or are we on the throne?  Do we do what He wants us to do or do we do what we want to do?  Do we say “I think” or “Jesus says”?  You see, it really can only be one way: His way or our way.  It can’t be both.  We can’t say, “Well, I believe this is how it should be or this is okay,” and we give a ration of rationalizations.  He is God!  He is Lord!  He is King!  He is Creator!  What He says is not up for debate.  His love and mercy were shown in His redemptive plan.  He gave and gave and gave; we are asked to obey.

    You know, the martyrs were not really concerned about fitting in, being accepted, or being ecumenical.  They weren’t worried about being part of the crowd; they lived to die for Jesus, their King.  What did it matter if folks scorned them, laughed at them, or jeered at them?  They did that and more to Jesus.  My friends, if we could catch the vision of living to die for Him, our children would have a living faith to follow.  If the fire of our lives could ignite theirs, oh, what joy that would be for Jesus, us, and them!

    Purposely, I have not gone into specifics, because specifics would take a separate article for each one.  And by specifics I mean doctrines, standards, lifestyles, traditions, holidays, activities, books we read, games we play, songs we listen to or sing, movies, Bible versions, friendships, the way we worship—really, just about anything and everything.  Specifics are important to God.  Our God is a God of detail, so much so that He knows the number of hairs on our heads, and sees a sparrow fall.  He knows our thoughts.

    We can take each specific, one at a time to Jesus and His Word, and if we come with an open heart and mind, if we decide to truly follow Him, He will lead us.  This isn’t about taking positions: side A or B.  Satan wants us to take a position so we won’t look up to our heavenly Father and truly follow Him.  Satan would rather us follow the ideas and philosophies of men.  Then we will be loyal to them instead of God, and God, sadly, will not be able to give us light because our mind is closed.

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