My daughter asked me once: “Were there televisions when you were growing up?” 😳 “What?! Excuse me, how old do you think I am? You’re asking the wrong generation, kid.” She laughed but I was not impressed at all. Urgh! Children of nowadays.😀
As funny as that may sound, the truth is, in just one generation some things have changed almost beyond recognition. Take for example, telecoms. How on earth did we survive without mobiles phones back then? It’s a complete mystery.
Another thing that has changed drastically in just a decade or so is the general perception of sexuality. There is now widespread acceptance that “some people are born straight; others are born gay”. But as Christians, who live by the bible, this is what we believe: homosexuality is not inborn. So, if it is not inborn, then it is acquired or even taught. “Taught?!”, you may ask. Yes, taught: “Train up a child in the way he should go [or should not go], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NKJV
Most people will not sit their children down and teach them to be gay. That’s not what I mean. But have you been watching TV lately? Do you notice how virtually every program (including some children’s TV) now finds a way to incorporate the homosexuality lifestyle as an equally acceptable alternative to God’s plan for families? Okay, your children don’t watch TV? How about books? Friends? Neighbours? School assemblies? The point is, your children are increasingly being exposed to the suggestion that it is okay for them to be homosexual if they choose to be.
As godly parents, many of us will not neglect to train our children through teaching, routines, habits, discipline, character formation, etc. All these things are necessary and important, but we also need the power of God’s word to set unbreakable hedges around our children. You see, what physical training cannot do, the word of God will accomplish easily. When the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, it is the word of God you have declared over your children that will sustain and keep them on God’s path.
Here’s what I’m saying in a nutshell: you can and should shape your children’s futures with your words. Even God did it! Before he ever did anything he spoke, and spoke, and spoke about it. As a parent God used his word, thousands of years in advance, to set the boundaries of every detail of his son Jesus’ life (including what happened to his robe after he was crucified!). So don’t wait a moment longer. Start speaking. Even if you’re still single, or married and not pregnant yet! Take an aggressive stance. Diligently protect your children. Refuse to leave it up to this world to train them in the way that they should not go.
P.S. By God’s grace I’m here to help. If you email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) I will send you a confession that I put together. It is mostly scriptures that I have confessed over my own children, even before birth.
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