Maybe I can gain some understanding here. Why is it so important to be a part of the crowd, and to be accepted by them. Why do our children adopt role models whose lives are filled with all the evils you can imagine, and why do the values of respect, integrity and honesty, carry so little value today. Is it because we ourselves have relaxed our attitudes, or is it something we have missed?I know all about the spiritual warfare we strive against and how our children become the frontline targets, but still, what attraction can there be which overcomes the rewards of eternal life in heaven rather than eternity in the fires of hell. How much more do I have to do to convince my children of the facts?All I can do is hope and trust in God that the few things I managed to teach them, will prevail and bring them to a point of sanity, before it is too late.
Proverbs tells us to "Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it." All you can do is pray and cry out to God that he will touch your children that the desires of this world will not overtake them but rather he would open their eyes to the Truth that there is more to life and it is in Christ Jesus.
Quote "How much more do I have to do to convince my children of the facts?"I believe taking time each day and Catechize them will help. There is no sure thing. I am only familiar with "The Westminster Shorter Catechism" Question #31 [b]What is Effective Calling?[/b] Answer. Effective calling is the work of God's Spirit, Who [u][b]Convinces[/b][/u] us that we are sinful and miserable, Who [u][b]Enlightens our minds[/b][/u] in the knowledge of Christ, and Who renews our wills. This is how He persuades and makes us able to receive Jesus Christ, Who is freely offered to us in the Gospel.It is the Holy Spirit that convinces and enlightens a soul, so if they are now praying for that to happen to themselves you must do that for them, witch I am sure you are. Trust is God; Things might get worse before they get better. Pray your heart out now as if things were already very worse. My experience is after things get worse I say to myself I should of been praying harder before.Those are my thoughts thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope it helps.Also go through the 10 Commandment to give the a stong sense of the knowledge of sin.Romans 7:7 I would not have known sin exept through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet."Romans 7:13 sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.Galatian 3:24 Therefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Maybe I can gain some understanding here. Why is it so important to be a part of the crowd, and to be accepted by them. Why do our children adopt role models whose lives are filled with all the evils you can imagine, and why do the values of respect, integrity and honesty, carry so little value today. Is it because we ourselves have relaxed our attitudes, or is it something we have missed?
I believe taking time each day and Catechize them will help. There is no sure thing.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Let their role-models be you! or more better put Christ in you!
Proverbs tells us to "Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it."
The old idea was that it was the duty of father and mother, or teacher as the case may be, to make up their mind the way in which the child should go, and then to see to it that he or she went that way. But look at that a little carefully. In the Hebrew text there is no word 'go' There is one little word which be written 'peh' in English, and the statement here is, "Train up a child according to his own way." That may frighten some people. Does that mean that the child is to have its own way? Absolutley, but be careful. It does not say the child is to have its own wish or desire.
I also grew up with strict discipline but balanced with fairness. It made me into a person with respect and high standards. But in todays lifestyle, this same method is regarded as child abuse, and we are left to simply let the child go his or her own way.Is this how the evil one has influenced society so that our worst enemy lies within our own homes?What is better, to be the enemy who controls with strict discipline to achieve an end, or to be the friend who compromises his own beliefs to remain a friend?What would Jesus have done in the same situation?
S. Chanin wrote:
The essence of Christian parenting is the life of Jesus Christ lived out before our children. That expression of Christ's life cannot be orchestrated by techniques and procedures or by how-to formulas, but only as Christian parents are faithfully receptive to the divine dynamic of His activity. Christian parenting is primarily a life expression of "Christ, who is our life" (Col. 3:4; cf. Jn. 14:6). It is His life that we pray might be invested in and indwell our children, but we cannot effect that only God can!"-J.F.
What would Jesus have done in the same situation?