I don’t know about you, but I often feel like a fish swimming upstream. Especially when it comes to parenting.
God has so kindly given us His Word containing clear instructions about how to live. How to exist in relationship with Him. How to imitate Him, becoming like Him as we grow in our faith.
And how to teach our children these things, too.
But everything in our culture today seems in direct opposition to our God, defying His commands and mocking the very grace that gave them to us in the first place.
Is it possible in these times to raise the next generation of the Church in purity? To train them in holiness?
I’m at Intoxicated on Life today, sharing some thoughts about how to equip our sons to live for Christ in today’s culture.
Here’s an excerpt:
“Mom, can I look at this?”
In an ideal world—and perhaps even in a decent world—I would be able to rest easy in my son’s perusal of the Sports Illustrated magazine while he sat in the allergist’s waiting room, confident in the knowledge that the sports magazine contained only…well, sports.
I finally handed it to him after neatly removing—you guessed it—a full-page picture of less-than-half-dressed women.
I’m sure my experience doesn’t surprise you. Morality is rapidly declining in our culture, as evidenced by entertainment, print media, the Internet, and more.
Pornography has never been more loosely defined—nor more accessible.
Celebrities think nothing of snapping nude selfies and posting them on Twitter for all the world to see.
The commercials for most sitcoms are profane and vile. I can’t even fathom the filth contained in the actual programs.
Is it possible to raise pure-hearted sons in such a world?
By God’s grace, I do believe it’s possible. But it’s a pursuit that requires parents to be both vigilant and intentional.