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Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)
TITLE: The Sizzling of our Children
By Victoria Catron
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All too often the American way of life has pushed the importance of children to the back burner. Adults can become so caught up in becoming who we want and doing what we want that we don’t see the effects it has on the children. We drop children off at daycares at six in the morning, pick them up between four and six in the late afternoon, and then expect them to be perfect little angels. Of course there are instances/family situations when this cannot be helped, but for the most part it appears to be stemming from something other than love. Of course, it’s not just an American problem because even the disciples tried to push the children away from Jesus in Matthew 19:13-15 KJV.
The book of Proverbs gives us several admonitions or pieces of wisdom that would be best to learn early as parents. Proverbs 20:11 KJV; Proverbs 22:6 KJV; Proverbs 22:15 KJV; Proverbs 23:13 KJV; Proverbs 23:24 KJV; Proverbs 29:15 KJV. The first and the last strike me the most because they are incredibly intertwined. The first says that even a child is known by his ways. The last one says that it's shameful for a mother not to care for her child, but it's be just as much so to the father which other Scripture passages indicate. How can a child learn to love and do good if he is not taught what that means, shown examples of it, and then given opportunities to do it? All too often we let our children sit in front of the TV and the computer screen, when they are home, gleaning the corruption of the world without any thought to discussion or possibly even change concerning it.
Do we really love our children as 1 Corinthians 13 KJV expounds? Do we really love the other children that we know? Do we seek our own when it comes to teaching them to live godly? Are we predominately rejoicing in the truth that the Bible teaches instead of that of the TV or schools? Are we enduring the fight that is sure to come if we impose what the child may believe are unfair boundaries? It’s not an easy task to raise a child, but the benefits outweigh the cost even if it doesn’t appear so at the time! Do we need help? Yes, we all do! The Bible, a local church, believers that are also parents, and don’t forget that you’re parents more than likely know at the very least a thing or two! If we’re not careful the “sizzle, sizzle, pop” of the bacon will be more than just a game or the cooking of real food, but the world’s cooking of our children before our eyes!
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