Raising Kids

Parenting Under Attack

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“Train a child up in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6(NKJV)

Little boys dressed up like little girls. Genderless schools. Little girls rockin’ lingerie. And now (thanks Cali) the bill that was just passed allowing clinicians to vaccinate children for STDs (starting with the HPV virus) *without* their parents consent.

It all just brings about a big *sigh* for me.

It seems that not a day goes by when I’m not reading a story that causes me to wonder what is becoming the difference between putting children in one big room with a couple of adults checking in periodically to make sure they’re clothed and fed and *actual parenting*; if people are losing sight of the fact that it requires *literal training* and if you move some books of the Bible up from Proverbs, bringing them up in the admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). That *parenting* is about Malachi 2:15(NCV): “God made husbands and wives to become one body and one spirit for his purpose—so they would have children who are true to God.” AND that Titus 2 shows us the benefits of true mentorship from older adults:

“But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;  the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.”—Titus 2:1-8(NKJV)

You know, it’s always been interesting to me, hearing a lot of people say, “I want to have children when I’m young(er) so that I can grow with them.” And look at where we are, in part, by a lot of people *growing with their children* rather than *actually raising them* (a hint: it ain’t good). People who don’t really know their purpose and so they’re influencing their children to have what they think is freedom, which is more like…confusion: not having the proper skills in place to make the right choices. For when they finally *are* adults.

I mean, a parent not needing to know that their child has an STD (don’t even get me started on parents not knowing about a vaccination taking place)?!? And that is helping, especially long-term…how?!? A child is sexually active. No problem. We have a drug for that. Nevermind the relational, emotional and spiritual ramifications of such a thing. And what about those shots? Later. Possibly?

You know, I was 19 when I had my first abortion. Above the “legal age” and yet, it wasn’t until my mother found out after my *third time* that some things in me *really* started to shift. In my processing. I remember her saying, “Shellie, these guys are always going to be able to have children. You really need to love yourself more.” *Wisdom* said that. At the time, I just had age on my side.

And again, I was 19.

You know, the Word says that in the last days, children will be disobedient to their parents (Romans 1:30, 2 Timothy 3:2). Yet, I can’t help but wonder how can they disobey when they are not being properly taught in the first place? When society seems to actually support a lack of training transpiring?

All this to say, parents, godly parents, you’re under attack.

And, I’m prayin’ for you. *Fervently*.

Oh future depends on your training. *Sincerely*.

This article was originally published here and is used with permission.

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