Pulling, yanking, screaming, kicking and carrying on. A child finally throws himself on the ground, refusing to go the direction the mother intends to go.
We’ve all seen this scene; in the mall or grocery stores. And then, like a closing scene from a terribly disappointing movie, the mother gives in to the child’s demands.
Many parents have lived their life with a desire to go to Heaven, and have made decisions that they were taught, would please God and be worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ. And when sin was found in their life, they were taught to repent, turn from their sinful ways, and make it right by living for God afresh. They were taught there is Mercy and Pardon for those who are truly repentant, and desiring a Holy walk.
Then their children came along. And their children wanted MTV, their children wanted video game consuls. Their children wanted girlfriends and boyfriends at very young ages. Their children wanted to ‘experiment’ with drugs and alcohol. Their children were allowed to choose their own religion, yet guilt-tripped whenever they did show up with their parents to a house of worship. This was a perfect storm.
Couple that with the worst divorce and remarry rate in our nations history, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster but we’ll save that for another blog.
Now most of these children of the church have made some type of response to God in their life; be it a raised hand, or a commitment of some sort. So for those who teach the heresy of ‘once saved always saved’, the parents of these children have some solace. But it is a false peace.
Does the lifestyle of the grown children affect the parent? Let’s see what St. Paul says,
Romans 1:25-32 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
It’s pretty easy to see, that those who have pleasure in them that do, are just as guilty as those who do, some call it enabling, but I believe it goes farther than that.
This is a spiritual issue, and a question of devotion.
What a slap in the face; for a child to be raised with an awareness of Christianity, and yet willfully choose to live an ungodly lifestyle! But it’s happening at an alarming rate!
So the parent’s choice is to either stand their ground for Holiness; life and conduct, or to lower their religion to the level of the child’s. To do the latter, they must exchange all they know of moral absolutes, even the Truth of the Divinity of Christ, to somehow, in their new twisted religion, believe that somehow their children are going to Heaven, living as they are; apart from God and His Son Jesus Christ.
I am calling parents everywhere; to love their children! To love their grown children so much, as to not condone ungodly living. I call them to love their children so much to teach them moral absolutes in accordance with God’s Divine Order! I call them to love their children enough to stay married to the wife or husband of their youth! I call parents everywhere to quit making excuses for your wayward children, and love them enough, and love God enough to pray; “Heavenly Father, whatever it takes!”
The next generation is on the line, godliness is on the line, the reputation of Christ is on the line. We cannot fail. We cannot take pleasure in them who do these things. We must give more devotion to Christ than that. We love our loved ones more by telling them about God’s Mercy and Pardon, rather than dreaming up some perverted permissiveness.
My Name is Joshua Mangels, I am answering God’s call, to call God’s People to Holiness in a generation that has not been given the invitation to walk Holy. Please follow me on Twitter for daily updates and encouragements.