6-10-2015 Real “Child Abuse”

Jesus Christ said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God” (Mark 10:14 NKJV). When children were brought to Jesus “He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them” (Mark 10:16 NKJV). If “child abuse” is doing something wrong to children, then what about parents who abuse their child’s heart and soul by setting bad examples of: drug & alcohol abuse, disregarding marriage with their dating and divorce, smoking and spitting tobacco, filthy language, and immoral television programs and movies? If “child neglect” is not doing what is right to children, then what about parents who keep their children from Jesus Christ and His Christian followers? “Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#child-abuse, #child-neglect, #children, #parents, #youth

(#191) The Proverbs of Solomon 28:24-Robbing “The Greatest Generation”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 28:24: “Whoever robs his father or his mother, And says, ‘It is no transgression,’ The same is companion to a destroyer.”

Respect for parents keeps civilization alive. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12) is repeated in the Law of Jesus Christ: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: ‘that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth’” (Ephesians 6:1-3). It is this endearing quality in humanity that is the backbone of an enduring society. In addition to our fathers passing along to us “life,” they should have “corrected us,” and we should have “paid them respect” (Hebrews 12:9). But the commandment honors both father “and mother!” A mother’s womb is a person’s first safe house where God develops it (Psalm 139:13-16), and while unborn, the baby has not done “any good or evil” (Romans 9:11). The “fruit of the womb” is our inheritance from God (Psalm 127:3), and only godless, vicious people would “have no pity on the fruit of the womb” (Isaiah 13:17-18).

It’s too bad in our society, often it is honoring one or the other parent, or neither at all! Whether we break into their houses and rob their possessions, or stealing our time away from them, or letting greedy government take their earnings, when      and how do we honor our parents? Because they have lived through deprivation and destruction, they have been termed “the greatest generation.” But do they deserve our dereliction of duty to “honor” them? Not just that generation, but each generation that includes our parents deserves our “honor” and “respect.”

The Israelite Nation rejected God’s Son (John 1:11-12), and their destruction also included what they had done at home: “Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death” (Mark 13:12). What have we done to either protect or rob our parents? No child should dishonor its parent(s) and pass it off by saying “it is no transgression”—because it is! No society can last that disrespects its parents!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #father, #honor, #mother, #parents, #proverbs, #respect, #unborn, #wisdom, #womb

Who is happier couples without children or parents…

Who is happier; couples without children or parents? If you ask parents in the midst of the terrible two’s or dealing with teenage rebellion, they’d probably say childless couples. But recent comprehensive studies have determined that in spite of the challenges, parents are happier than non-parents. Moreover, the study doesn’t even consider the joy of grandparents. I can think of nothing so satisfying than to have all the kids and their kids gather at our home for Thanksgiving or Christmas and to see them focusing their families on the Lord and raising their children to be Christians. I am confident that this will help insure their happiness for the future generations. This is Just-A-Minute

#happiness, #just-a-minute, #parents

A Parent’s Priority

In this month’s Christian Chronicle (March 2013) there is an interview with a NBA (National Basketball Association) player named Norris G. Cole, II. He is a member of the Lord’s church in Miami and attends services of the local congregation whenever he can.

Attending the services of the Lord’s church is important to him because it was instilled within him by his parents. His parents set the tone for all their children with regard to all activities. If an event in their early life was on Wednesday or Sunday then whoever was in charge of that event or activity understood that the parents put a priority on the Lord and not the event or activity. In other words, the child did not attend the event or activity.

I remember we instilled in our own daughters the same lesson. It was not always easy to instill this lesson, but it was one we believed in. Some decisions in life are made and experienced with regret; there is no regret, however, in choosing to be with the Lord’s people when they meet—it’s an impression that lasts much longer.

Some parents, because they don’t have the priority they need, complain that to do as Norris’ parents did would scar the child in some perceived way, maybe prevent the child from certain things within the peer group, perhaps even preventing them from achieving the highest goal. One NBA player doesn’t think so. RT

#church, #nba, #parents

Unintended Humor

Me: So, which of the 10 Commandments are we not under today as Christians?
Teenage girl: The 5th one.
Me: Are you certain?
Teenage girl: Yes, we are no longer under the Sabbath law today.
Me: I think the 5th one says something a bit different. 🙂
Exo. 20:12

#obey, #parents, #sabbath

One Proud Papa

Last night, during evening worship, my 15 month old daughter said the word “Bible” for the first time. Now, you don’t have to be a preacher for that to make you smile…but it sure doesn’t hurt.

I think we’ll work on “Nebuchadnezzar” next 🙂

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-8)

#bible, #children, #family-life, #parents

Nudge: Why Does God Encourage Children to be in Subjection to their Parents?

It’s not really open for debate – from the 10 Commandments of Moses’s Law, to the 6th Chapter of Ephesians, to the scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees concerning the personal care (or the lack thereof) for their parents and ultimately God in Mark 7, God says children must take note of their parents when it comes to writing the chapters of their life story.

So here’s the nudge: Why is this such an important issue to God, and what about honoring parents who do not care for God or for His way of life?

I’d love to hear your answers, especially to the later part since so many young people (including Christians) deal with this family situation in our culture today.

#children, #family, #nudge, #parents