Friday, June 15, 2007

Parental Authority Is Under Attack In The Christian Home

Ephesians 6:2 "Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)"

Nothing is more hurtful to a parent than to lose their child to the world. There are Christian parents out there that are adopting unbiblical ways or compromising in order to keep from losing their children to the ways of the world.

Satan is on the attack in the home. He does it subtly. One way that the devil has entered the home is by this thing of the mom being out of the home and working a job. Many are leaving their children in the care of others or to themselves. They think they are doing something that is good but they don't think about the repercussions of that decision. I realize there are some that are forced to get jobs due to the husband not being able to provide for health reasons or because they are too lazy to get out and work to provide so the mom can stay at home with their children. God did not give us our children for others to raise them. He gave them to us for us to train them up.

Titus 2:5 "To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."

I Timothy 5:14 "I will therefore that the younger women marry; bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully."

When mothers work outside the home that is less time that they are with their children to be an influence. Also, when both parents take on the role of providing for the family it is a natural tendency to want to share family authority. God ordained the father to be the authority in the home. Not the mom AND the dad. I know that I often remind my children that Dad oftentimes makes the rules and I am expected to help enforce them. I hate to even call them rules...maybe I should call them boundaries. And he sets those boundaries according to the Word of God. Do they always like those boundaries? No...of course not. But they are to understand that he is only watching out for them and doing what he feels God wants him to do. The sad thing is the mom oftentimes has to hear the complaints about these boundaries being too strict. But I just tell my children that we love them and want what's best for them. We always try to take them to the Word of God to show them what God says about things. Then they can't argue with mom or dad but have to take it up with God.

My advice to any of you who are young people is to pray for your parents. Do we always do everything right? No...of course not. But know that we love you and want God's best for you if you are being brought up in a Christian home. Thank God for it and let the Lord help you to respect your parent's wishes and boundaries that they set according to the Word of God. No one said growing up was going to be easy!! But you will be a better adult and young person for it!!

Proverbs 1:8-9 "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck."


Lyndy said...

Excellent post Julie. "Satan is on the attack in the home." You are so right and not just with parents and children but marriages as well. He is very persistent too.

Thanks for the reminder.

Love, Lyndy

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. are so right. Satan is attacking the home like never before. He knows if he can get in the home and destroy that he can have an affect on the church. He will first destroy the home and then in turn destroy the church. We need to be aware of this and pray and protect.

Tim Perkins said...

One of the saddest tragedies in America is day-care. It breaks my heart to see moms dropping off infants on their way to work...infants that will, in effect, be raised by someone else to a degree. Not what God intends, for sure.


Sis. Julie, Great Post. I couldn't have said it better myself. I hope many read and learn. Once we have lost our children to the world. Seldom to we get them back. Thanks, connie from Texas

Jungle Mom said...

Te home is under attck and Fathers especially, seems men are treated as objects of disrespectful humor every where these days.

Pam said...

Right on Sister! Great post! One other point, we parent must live above reproach and be consistent and balanced if we want our children to respect us or listen to us.

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. are so right about once we've lost our children to the world we seldom get them back. I've seen this played out time and time again in people's homes. It is so sad and heart-breaking.

Julie's Jewels said...

bro. tim....I used to be one of those moms that dropped their children off at daycare and I missed out on all the important milestones that my kids reached at babies (their first steps, their first words, etc.) Those are things that each momma needs to be around her child to see. If I had only been saved and knew then what I know now. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. rita...the fathers in homes today are so disrespected it hurts. I've seen fathers yelled at, called names, laughed at when they are serious about something...its horrible. It is made a joke how fathers are treated in homes are so right!!

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. are so right too. We must in a sense earn the respect that they should have. It does take living a consistent Christian life with good godly behavior. Thank you for your addition to the post. You made a great point.

Baptist Girl said...

Amen Julie,
The home is under attack. I day care in my home and most of my parents are from a single parent family and sadly I am finding a lot of mothers that abandon their children and the fathers are raising them. In the past 10 years of daycaring I have only had 3 families where the parents are together and it breaks my heart.
Although the best thing for children is to be raised by their parents, now a days it is difficult for parents to not work, mostly with the statis of divorce or single parenthood. We need to pray for these parents. I see so many children in my daycare in pain because of the lack of love shown to these children, it is heart breaker. I am thankful to be able to show them the love of the Lord when ever I can. I work through an agency, so I have to be careful because of RULES, but evert chance I get, I show them the love of our Lord.


Julie's Jewels said...

sis. is definitely sad the number of single parent homes that are in our nation today. We have a lady in our church who has a daycare in her home and she says the majority of children she has are from broken homes and she also says it breaks her heart as of course it would. She says that father's day is the toughest day of the year for most of them. She always makes crafts with her kids for the special holidays and father's day is especially tough since she has some that the daddies are not even in the children's lives.

I do realize that in the time we're living in that it takes two incomes to get by but that is usually because of the lifestyle of the parents. My husband and I sacrifice alot of things so that I can stay home with our children.

It is a blessing that you have a daycare to provide for the children you care for and that you honor the Lord with it and take opportunity to share Jesus with them. That is how the lady in our church does things too. It blesses my heart to know that there are daycares that honor the Lord with how they run them and do things with the children. I feel that God blesses and honors such daycares.

Cindy said...

This is an excellent post sis! I am so thankful to be a stay at home mom. Satan is always watching out for those who he can pray on. I was one of those people when I was younger. My mom and dad were divorced and I lived with mom. She had to work and was going to school and of course satan jumped right in there to take control. I am so thankful that my parents came together and decided it was best for me to live with my dad and his wife. If that would not have happened I hate to think of were satan would have me today. I do not want to even think about my children going through a small amount of what I did.

Julie's Jewels said...

sis. cindy....I have to say it is truly an honor to be able to stay at home with our children. What a blessing that you are. I believe that God honors the effort and sacrifice of a mother who will stay at home with her children. I know there are exceptions where children still don't turn out as we would have hoped...but it was due to their lack of making good choices...not necessarily the momma or daddy who did something to cause it. I pray God blesses you and other readers of my site that are staying at home to care fot he children God has given them.


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