A Christian Crisis

 

As a Christian in the great United States of America, I see an alarming crisis that we are facing.  As a group, we are not passing on our beliefs to our children and the generations that are behind us are mostly godless.

 

 

As Christian mothers (and fathers too, but since I don’t blog for the fathers, this is addressed to the mothers *smile*), it is our duty to raise children who love and honor the Lord.  It should be our #1 goal to produce godly offspring who have been trained in the ways of our Lord.  We should make it our priority to raise children who fear the Lord more than we do, who love the Lord more than we do, who have more of a heart for serving the Lord than we do, and who are more obedient to the Lord than we are.  We should also teach our children to have this same goal for their own families.

 

If we make this a priority, then just think of what an awesome difference could be made in the name of Christ by our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  I have often heard the phrase, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time!”  Ahhh, so true!  So, as Christians, we should make high goals for ourselves and for your children.  It is time to stop “wasting” our arrows and sharpen them for the Lord.  We need to grow in the Lord and teach our children how to do the same.  It takes more than just telling them – they need to see our faith LIVED OUT.

 

This crisis in our country doesn’t have to continue.  We can open our eyes to it and we can repent and change our course.  We must redeem our time and make every moment profitable for Christ.  We must be diligent and stay focused on the Lord and we must train our children to do the same.

 

Blessings, Dana

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17 thoughts on “A Christian Crisis

  1. If sin is the disease in our culture, then our kids are inoculated with(the Gospel)are the cure. The reason our nation is going to hell in a hand basket is because Christian parents are hiding the cure from the rest of the world.

    Christians who home school their children are in fact depriving the world of the much needed light. The only thing darkness needs to flourish is for light not to shine. Evolution is taught without protest in our schools because Christians are absent. The homosexuals have come into our schools because Christians are absent. I for one am sending my sheep among wolves because Jesus said let your light shine before men. Greater is He who is in my children than he that is in the world!

    My kids are two candles in a dark world. And I would like to send them out into the darkness so that they can be a light to others. But the thing is that the others out there are like fire hoses! God help all of us parents to keep the candles burning.

    When you raise your children in captivity,
    they won’t be able to survive in the wild.
    [img]http://i25.tinypic.com/124tyjo.jpg[/img]

    Have a God day!
    Mike M

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  2. Mike, How can we reach the world when we can’t even teach our own children? How can we teach our children when they are spending 8-10 hours with the “wolves” instead of in an environment where they are receiving instruction that is based on Scripture? How are they going to be strengthened when a burden too large is placed on them?

    When you place a wee babe in the jungle, that we babe will be devoured before it even has a chance. I don’t think it is fair to our children to send them out to evangelize their schools when they are not yet mature enough or equipped enough for the task.

    I totally agree that we need to have Christians in schools. Why can’t we send missionaries there? Christian teachers could have a bigger and better influence on the children there as well as the other teachers. Teachers are adults and are much better prepared to handle the pressures and to stand strong for the Lord.

    We cannot simply place our children in the wild and expect them to survive, let alone tame the wild :o(

    Blessings, Dana

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  3. kids don’t listen to adults. they listen to other kids. we did both public and private. the “grown-ups” are a big GAP away from their understanding. my public-schooled, christian, 9 year old CHRISTIAN FRIEND is what got me. grown-ups were boring. trust me. mike is right.

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  4. Eileen, I agree with you!

    Kids listen to other children INSTEAD of adults and that is the problem! We need to teach our children to first respect the authority in the home (the parents) and then to give their elders respect.

    Kids listen to other children but the other children are not mature enough to teach and train the other children – that is why we as parents must accept that God given responsibility.

    God did not give this responsibity to our children and their peers, He gave this responsibity to us as the parents – but WE are the ones who have given it up.

    I am simply stating that if we want to reclaim this country for Christ, we can’t keep going the same course. We have to change the direction that we are headed and look to the Bible to be our guide.

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  5. Dana said:
    “I totally agree that we need to have Christians in schools. Why can’t we send missionaries there? Christian teachers could have a bigger and better influence on the children there as well as the other teachers. Teachers are adults and are much better prepared to handle the pressures and to stand strong for the Lord.”

    Yeah, let’s let the 1% of Christians do 90% of the work for the rest of us! Let the missionaries actually live their lives for Christ while the rest of us posers sit on our butts and horde our children to ourselves! Because we Christians have such weak-minded children who are swayed like waves on the sea. They’re no match for those intellectual thinkers in those public schools! They would be eaten alive, you’re right!

    It’s so much easier and safer to keep them locked in our homes where we can indoctrinate them with only one view. And how will they live in the real world? They won’t… they’re never leaving home! That would be too painful for a mother to cut the umbilical cord!

    No, I would never provide my children any opportunities to be tempted or challenged! That sort of thing would grow them up, and like I said, they’re never leaving home if I can help it!

    The rest of the world can go to hell in a hand basket for all I care. It’s not our job as parents to train our kids to be compassionate towards sinners much less sit next to one in a public school. That’s the missionaries’ job!

    Home schooling may not help the hell-bound world, but at least it gives me peace of mind as a parent! And that’s all I care about… me and my own!

    ( ^Dripping with sarcasm to make a point^ )

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  6. Mike, this is a post about parents training their children to love and obey the Lord. Do you think that governement schools and the students therein can do a better job of teaching your children to live for the Lord than you can?

    I find it very interesting that I never even mentioned homeschooling in my post, but you jumped right to the defense of your decision to send your children to public school.

    Mike, lets be real here. How many “good kids” are still that way when they graduate from high school? The number of Christian children who turn away from the Lord is much higher than the number of children who are led to salvation by their peers.

    I would have to research the exact numbers but George Barna did a survey on the number of kids who leave the church after graduation and it is around 90%.

    Do you disagree with me that our nation is turning away from the Lord instead of turning towards Him?

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  7. “Mike, this is a post about parents training their children to love and obey the Lord. ”

    I know it is. In the post you said, “We need to grow in the Lord and teach our children how to do the same. [b]It takes more than just telling them ? they need to see our faith LIVED OUT.”[/b]

    That’s why I said in order for that to happen, the Christian family needs to step out of its Christian bubble. It really doesn’t matter if you children can stand for Christ in your kitchen. The question is, can they stand for Christ amongst their non-Christian peers? Who cares if they can recite Scripture to you in the privacy of your living room? There’s a scared pregnant teenager on a public campus somewhere who needs God’s comfort or she’s going to abort her child! But she can’t be comforted when Christians keep their children in the church bubble!

    You’re right, your kid’s faith will never grow until they see your faith grow. And do you have faith that God will build your children up to be Christian leaders in the public? Or do they see in you fear in stead of faith? I’m reading a lot of fear in your words here.

    You said the following as thou it were a matter of fact:
    [quote]”The number of Christian children who turn away from the Lord is much higher than the number of children who are led to salvation by their peers.”[/quote]

    Where did you get that idea? It appears to me that you’re in a “retreat mode” running from the battle. You give Satan far too much credit than is due him.

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
    “For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
    [b]No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.[/b]

    I know you want your kids to “swim”, but they’ll never learn to do so until they get in the pool! Your children cannot and will not learn to exercise and grow their faith under your roof and more than they can learn to swim in your living room!

    You want your children to have faith? Then YOU have faith that God will lead and guide them in the world He placed them in.

    Jesus prayed to His Father:
    “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”

    Using my metaphor of a pool, Jesus is saying that we [b]must[/b] be in the pool, but He’s asking His Father to protect us from the shark that’s in it.

    The reason some parent’s aren’t passing their faith on successfully to their children is because they don’t allow their children to live out their faith in the world.

    I went to public schools and lead my peers to the Lord. I lead the largest Bible club in the LA Unified School District my last 2 years of High School. I took my Bible to every class and put it on each of my desks in plain sight. I was on FIRE for the Lord! And I wasn’t the only one… like I said, we had a large club. But we were outnumbered and our light was only dim compared to the darkness. But lives were changed… babies were saved from abortions and abused peers found hope in the message of the cross! We learned what real faith meant outside the bubble!

    Why would you want to deprive your kids of such a rewarding time in their lives?

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  8. Mike, so how are you teaching your children to swim with the sharks? I would love to know what you do with them each day to equip them for this task you have set upon them.

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  9. I pray with them and tell them about Jesus.. much like a pastor does with his congergation.

    How does your pastor equip you to live in the world?
    Have a God day!
    Mike M

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  10. I think I may have something to add here. I believe something was overlooked. It’s the Spirit that draws. We live our lives for Christ, teach our children, pray for them, but in the end it’s our children that need to be obedient to the Spirit. There really is not a formula or a tried and true way.
    But yes, we need to teach them, and guide them and then in the end, let them go and trust the Lord.

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  11. Good point, g. I used to tell my parents, “I don’t hear your words, I can only see your feet. Christianity isn’t a faith you learn from a Book. Otherwise God would have just sent us His next best seller. It’s taught by example. That’s why God came down from heaven to teach us with His feet. That we may walk where He walked, and do what He did.

    Jesus wasn’t into homeschooling His disciples. He took His disciples out into the world where the Gospel is needed. He didn’t use chalkboards and text books to pass on His faith. He used His actions. I don’t think you can top the Master… so let’s disciple our kids as He did.

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  12. Mike, a pastor only spends about 2 hours a week (if you’re lucky) teaching out of scripture. Your children are in school for 30+ hours a week. Do you think that is enough time to train them for what they are facing right now and what they will face as adults?

    Yes, your children can make an impression on their peers, just like their peers can make an impression on them :o(. It is also at school where they are learning from their beloved peers that parents (and other adults) are boring and dumb. It doesn’t take long and suddenly their heart has been lost to their peers. That is why kids so often fall prey to ?peer pressure?.

    You nearly wrote a book “blasting” me for homeschooling but when I ask what you do to train you children you respond with only one little sentence?!?

    Also, how do you learn about Christianity if you don’t learn about it from a Book? God gave us His words in the Holy Bible… that was a book the last time I checked (and the best book I’ve ever read – it is our guide for everything).

    Jesus did take His disciples out into the world. He discipled these adult men and He taught them what they needed to know before they were sent out on their own to preach and reach the lost. They were not sent to a large building to sit for 6+ hours a day… they lived, they learned and they ministered alongside their teacher and Lord (and this sounds an awful lot like homeschooling to me).

    I also find it interesting that Jesus didn’t start His ministry until he was about 30 years old. Was He hiding His light? If you want to disciple your children the way that Jesus did, then why are you leaving the training to someone else? Jesus didn’t delegate His training to the Jerusalem School of Learning.

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  13. The reason some parent’s aren’t passing their faith on successfully to their children is because they don’t allow their children to live out their faith in the world.

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  14. After some thought, we decided that since the tenent who lived in our rental had moved out, it would make the most sense to move in our rental so that we could get the house ready to sell.

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