I’ve never been one to carry around a sign scrawled hastily with “Jesus is Coming Soon,” and I’m not one to get on board with Doomsday Prepping. I’m just not. I’ve typically been content to hang onto the idea that no man knows the time or hour, and been quite happy to hole up in my happy little existence that Jesus will take care of me when calamity requires it. But things are changing, aren’t they?
Even if you don’t believe that the “end is near” or that our country is getting extremely close to a financial/economical collapse, you have to admit that times they are a changing. The childhood existence in which I grew up is no more, and the future that lies ahead is a horse of a completely different color.
Some will say evil has always existed, and to that I would firmly agree. But I also believe it has reached a completely different level than ever before. There’s a reason there’s so many protective parents out there now, and the fact is that we cannot treat our children like our parents did 20-40 years ago. We don’t want to always admit that, but the truth remains that 2015 is far removed from say 1977.
Today we live in a world where what we hold true as Bible-believing Christians to be sin is no longer labeled sin. It’s labeled acceptance. What was once black and white is now a shade of gray, and things that were morally objected are now celebrated.
We now transverse through a world so twisted that pedophiles actually have the audacity to petition for freedom to have sexual relationships with children, as to deny their innate desires would be discrimination of the way they are. This is because sin isn’t seen as a choice anymore. It’s seen as a lifestyle to which you are born or helpless to change, and society looking the other way is the only proper manner in which to handle sin with love. Confrontation would be hate, intolerance, and bigotry.
We live in a world where people are blasted on social media, their personal and professional lives destroyed for hunting a wild animal, but the murder of human babies and the distribution of their body parts is no big deal.
We live in a world where Christians are persecuted, raped, and murdered. Perhaps not on our front door, but how long until it is?
We exist in a country where women and children are sexually exploited so commonly that we don’t even notice. They’re being sold into sex slavery, and we’re going to Target.
Pornography is no longer taboo. It’s actually celebrated as good entertainment. We buy the books and watch the movies. Gleefully, in fact.
Our world is changing. Our country is failing us. Our rights as Christians are slowly being stripped away, and we’re too busy and comfortable to notice. We’re complacent, and we’re like a frog slowly being boiled to death in a pot of idolatry.
As I’ve been going through the homeschool lessons for my kindergartener I’ve taken notice of what I’m actually teaching her. She’s learning Bible history and moral/ethical values along with her ABC’s and 1-2-3’s, and I’ve never been so glad.
The fact is that my children are being raised into a world much harder than the one I grew up in, and I truly believe they will face future persecution and moral dilemmas that I never had to confront. They are being born into end times, and if Jesus doesn’t return soon they will be faced with a society that is trying to rip God out of their hands.
They need to be well-equipped, and the task of training up your child in the way they should go is more important now than ever. The job of parenthood, one that many times feels pointless and fruitless, is actually the most important job out there. The future depends on it.
In my small, Southern town we are blessed with many Godly, public school teachers, but we cannot logically expect them to shoulder this burden alone. I’m in no way saying that every mom out there should homeschool as I do, but we all as parents must take a more active role in teaching our children. We can’t assume the school system will do it, nor that Sunday school is enough. It’s way too important to hinge on a thirty minute lesson once a week.
As a Christian parent you are responsible to teach your children God’s principles, and you can never start too early. As a Christian parent the future is in your hands, and how your child will deal with the hardships ahead is highly relevant to what you are instilling at home.
How will your children handle the persecution that lies ahead? Will they falter, or will they stand strong in Christ?
It’s more detrimental now than ever that we take the responsibility of teaching our children seriously. I always wish to be optimistic for the future, but there’s no promise that things will get better. And it’s possible that they will get worse. Actually, it’s highly likely. We as Christian parents must take a stand for Christ, and the longevity of that position hinges upon the little people at our feet. Let’s not fail them.
I believe this to be an important message that the Lord has spoken to my heart. I ask you as a sister in Christ to consider its validity. I ask you to mediate upon it, and to allow the Lord to speak to you on how you may lead your children according to His principles. If you agree and wish for your other Christian counterpart parents out there to think about this also, then I ask that you share it on your social media. The fact is that the children are the future, and there’s no time like now to impact it positively for God’s kingdom here on earth.
I pray with you for our children. God will make us capable of leading them to the truth, but we must take the first step.