If the answer is, “No.” Why not? How do you plan to raise your children to become good men and women, without teaching them the basic constraints, and restraints, of Christianity that are necessary to protect them from the sea of temptations that are so prevalent today? Osmosis?
I hope not, because this will leave your precious, innocent children open to every vile alternative lifestyle imaginable. Unbalanced lives devoured by drugs, partying, sex, video games, gambling, thievery, adultery, divorce and/or alcohol.
And, you can be guaranteed, that without a strong inner core, which is grounded in Christianity, they will succumb.
If your answer is still, “No.” What do you plan to do? Just wing-it?
Are you simply going to hope your good example will offset the powerful secular influences actively pursuing your children?
Are you simply going to pretend that it’s not your job and hope they’ll figure it out, on their own, when they get older?
Are you simply going to play dead because you are too embarrassed to define yourself as a Christian because it’s not “cool”? And, God forbid, that you should look “uncool” to your kids.
Are you simply going to leave it up to your wife because you think she’s better suited for the role?
Are you simply going to ignore this essential part of your children’s upbringing because you don’t know where to start?
Or, are you simply going to avoid this committment to your children’s lives because you think it really doesn’t matter?
Well, it does matter! And, it matters a lot! Just look at the hundreds of news media stories about the horrific lives lived by so many American children. Children who were not protected from evil by their fathers. Children who were defenseless against secularism because their fathers denied them the training to live lives, grounded in the courage of their Christian convictions. Children who were left to their own devices by fathers who just didn’t care enough to truly protect them from harm. Children who were forever abandoned by their irresponsible, compromised fathers.
If any of these descriptions define you, you had better rethink your behavior!
And the reason? Trying to be a “good example” is great but, unless your kids know what motivates you to be good, they will never internalize the tenets of Christianity upon which you base your “good example.”
Leaving the decision, to become a Christian or not, until they get older and can decide themselves, is a complete cop-out because you are abandoning their formative years to be hardened by secularism.
Dad, you need to get a grip!
If you are too ashamed to admit that you are a Christian in your heart, you need to get to church ASAP.
If you think the religious training of your kids is just up to your wife, while she takes the kids to church and you sit home, you are undermining everything she is trying to do for them.
If you want to guide your kids, with God as the highest authority, but you don’t know where to start, go see a pastor or priest! That’s what they’re there for.
Start the DAY they are born by taking full responsibility for their spiritual lives and becoming their spiritual leader.
While becoming reborn yourself, you will also be giving your children the greatest gift you will ever bestow upon them. A gift that provides both the joy of living a productive, responsible, Christian life, AND protection from evil, temptations and sin.
Your precious children deserve no less!
It’s the Women, Not the Men!
- The Rise of the “Nones” (and How Anglicans Can Respond) (juicyecumenism.com)
- Young Evangelicals Are Getting High (thechristianpundit.org)
- Who is raising your children? (apearlinhishands.wordpress.com)