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Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Children of your sevants will live in Your presence; their descendants will be established before you. Psalm 102.28


Anymore it seems that a nearly unending pattern of greed, insecurity, selfishness and ambition are excused with the effective but misleading mantra of, "We're doing what's best for the children." Of course, very little, if any, of it truly works for the children's "best," but it seems essential to our personal needs to put all of our behavior, no matter its true nature, in the most beneficial light.

The Scriptures take a very different perspective. There is nothing fuzzy or hesitant about its directives toward child-raising. Children are neither romanticized or deified; they are seen as completely human and loved by the saving and redeeming God.

The difficulty of slavishly holding to a humanistic view of child-raising even in the midst of our Christianity is that our methods inevitable adhere to the former while we give lip-service to the latter. We call permissiveness "grace," and fearfully avoid the true disciplines of a spiritual and "Whole-istic" life. As a result our children learn a form of Christian faith that allows no room for the kind of sacrifice and focus that the early church fathers all, without exception, recognized as the basic Christian life. We teach them a form of godliness, but not the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5)

God has made special extravagant promises to us regarding our children, but they are all predicated by the conditon of our personal diligence as His disciples. And a fuzzy and merely internal "belief" is not discipleship, nor would it have been recognized as such by the Apostles. The Scriptures are clear; we are called to service, not spectatorship. To those who answer His call, all the promises and blessings of His Kingdom are made available to their descendants. In this light, let us truly love our children by actively and faithfully loving the Lord our God with all our hearts.

Under grace,
Pastor Mike

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