As parents, we want to do everything within our menial amount of power to keep our children safe. We want to protect them from harm–physical and emotional. If you’re a parent like me who has had a “past,” who has experienced a lot of the stupidity this world has to offer, then you’re even hipper to the dangers out there. And with more knowledge comes greater anxiety.
These times we’re living income with a whole new set of challenges. As if Christian parents don’t have enough to deal with trying to warn our children against peer pressure to do drugs, have sex, and hanging with the wrong crowd, we now need to add “avoid Critical Race Theory” to our list of admonitions. White parents have to look out for indoctrinations that tell their children they should feel guilty for being white or they’re inherently racist. Black parents have to steer their children clear of an imposed victimhood mentality. Or, I should say, they should.
I want to talk to those of you who already know the danger of that type of indoctrination, but are seeking ways to combat it. Where do we start? How do we start? We want our children to know Truth. What does teaching them that truth look like?
Well, scroll back up a little further. That verse is what it looks like.
Families are the bedrock of the foundation of our society. They are the cornerstone. Without strong family units, our society will crumble. And we’re seeing it happen before our very eyes. There’s not much we can do about the corrosion that has already taken place in society. But we can do our best to fortify the foundation of our individual families. If enough of us do this, we can make an impact on the world around us.
God knows what challenges we face. He’s omniscient. Omnipresent. He knows and sees all. That’s why He gave us His Word. He starts out by telling us to love Him with all our heart, soul, and might. If that’s where He starts, then so must we. If He is not our priority, we will not succeed at anything else. When we love God most of all, we’ll know how to love our spouses and our children the way He wants us to love them. And we’ll love others the same way.
The world has hijacked the word “love” for their own devices. Today, if you’re intolerant of a worldly lifestyle, you’re not loving. If you’re not accepting of what you know to be sin, you’re not loving. And while it’s true that we should accept everyone based on their own merit and human dignity, it is not true that we need to accept their ideologies when they contradict the Bible.
So when talking to your children, if the question comes up about what being a friend to a child of a different race looks like, tell them that it’s like loving God and like He loves us. When they ask how they should handle being friends with a child who’s transgender, you tell them it’s like loving God and like He loves us. They honor who that person is regardless of the color of their skin or how they identify. God loves us wholly and completely. Though we can never achieve the level of the unconditional love God bestows on us, it certainly is a good place to start. And we can love people irrespective of the poor choices they make or to which ideologies they subscribe.
The verse continues by saying that we should teach our children diligently, to talk to them when we’re at home, going for walks, at night before bed, and in the morning when we wake. Pretty much all the time. This requires spending good, quality time with our children, parents. Now, trust me. I have had plenty of evenings when my children are off doing their own thing, and I’m freed up to sit on my couch, enjoying a show and the peace and quiet. There’s nothing wrong with that. But the time that we do have with our children, use it to share God’s truth. Because I’ll tell you what: teachers are taking full advantage of their time with our children. The media and television shows are taking advantage of the time our children are spending on their devices or sitting in front of the television. They miss zero opportunities to feed our children with what they think they should know and believe. Take back ownership of your children. They’re ours! And remember how I said God is omniscient? He knew these times were coming. There is nothing new under the sun. God knew the Israelites were going into a land where they’d be surrounded by pagan worshipers. He knew the influence they could have on His people if they weren’t holding fast to His commands. The Bible is timeless. Its wisdom stands the test of time and is practical and applicable just as much today as it was then.
My friends, we are at war for our children’s hearts and minds. If we don’t stay vigilant, the enemy will pull a sneak attack and snatch them from our arms. The Bible says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” All it takes is two–two parents to pray and teach the truth. God will take care of the rest.
This blog is the beginning of many that we hope will encourage you in this fight. Rachel Maria and I want to address the “Black & White Truth”, pertaining to all important topics. But, we felt it was important to start at the beginning–fortifying the foundation of our family units. We believe that together, we can stand up against the confusion and dissension that are plaguing our society.
We hope you continue to walk alongside us in this fight.