We have all seen the headlines in the news about kids going to school and shooting their classmates and/or teachers. Maybe we have even lived in the towns those tragedies have happened in or know someone who has been personally affected by such events. Let us also consider all of the kids who graduate High School and can’t even read their diploma. Or how about elementary age children thinking oral sex is ok because it isn’t actually sex in their minds. Lest we not forget the drug and alcohol problems our kids have at a much younger age today then in the past. How about the kids who sleep around looking for something to fill the void they have in their lives. In addition, let us not forget the gang problems most cities face on a daily basis.
When people hear about the problems kids have, they generally blame the school system or our government for allowing such problems to exist and get so far out of hand. If only they would have stepped in sooner and implemented some sort of safety measures or hired better teachers none of these problems would exist. I have news for all of you who think the school system or our government is to blame for our kids’ problems. It is not their responsibility to raise our children. That responsibility lays with the kids parents. We as parents are the ones that are supposed to teach our kids right from wrong, help guide them to make the right decisions, give them morals and values to follow, teach them about God, and be involved in their education and daily lives. We need to get involved in their school activities, know who their friends are and where they hang out after school. We need to monitor what they are doing on the computer. We need to take them to church and lead Godly lives at home so they can learn proper values and how to live their lives according to God’s principals instead of the worlds. They need to know that no matter what is going on in our lives, they can trust us and come to us with their problems. We need to spend more time with our families and less time watching TV.
We as Christian parents need to step up to the plate and teach our children about God and his commandments and we need to make them know that they are the most important things in our lives so they won’t go looking elsewhere to fill a void in their lives. We need to stay in constant communication with our kids so we can try to steer them in the right direction. Too many people today, Christians included, have looked at the worlds problems and just accepted it as how things are nowadays. They want to give their kids their privacy but aren’t considering what it is costing them. It does not need to be this way. Christians need to make their voices heard and take control over their families. We need to pray that our kids will find Godly friends and role models. We need to raise Godly children and set good examples in the home of what it means to be a Christian. Do not leave this up to church on Sunday to teach your kids about God. We need to be doing this on a daily basis.
God has given you your children to raise, and the enemy would like nothing more than to destroy them and their futures. We have to fight hard for what we value, and what more do we value than our kids and their salvations. The enemy knows this and will use every tactic possible to turn our lives upside down. It is our job to show our kids that inspite of the difficult times we face, God is always with us and will guide us through everything if we have faith and lead our lives according to his word. This does not mean our lives will be easy and free of problems or that our kids won’t rebel at times. If we instill God’s word in them from the start, they will be less likely to stray, but even if they do, they will have an easier time finding their way back.
If we get more involved in our kids lives, education, and Christian upbringing, then we will be instilling a solid foundation for them to start out on when they are grown and leave the home. If we do our job right, then when they are parents one day, they will also bring their children up the same way we did them. As long as we keep God first in our lives, our children will learn to do the same by watching how we react to situations we face in our lives, and they will be better prepared to handle the problems they face in their lives.