It Makes Me Wonder
Most rational people appreciate good parents. The loving care given to a child ought to make an indelible mark on the character of that child throughout life. The many times worried parents stay up at night to attend to a sick child should be landmarks in a child’s memories. Parents who provide a happy childhood for their children are the kind that should always receive an offspring’s due admiration and respect.
It is funny somehow that such admiration and honor are true in physical matters but not always in religious training. It is not “funny” as in something that is humorous but “funny” in the sense of unexpected and abnormal.
Godly parents try to bring their children up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:1-4). It is the expected and required thing for patents to do. Parents who who fail in their responsibility deny the faith and are worse than unbelievers (1 Tim. 5:8). The Lord is more concerned that parents bring their children up – not down. The nurture and admonition of the Lord means the bringing toward the Lord’s will and honest service to him.
For a child to have the good fortune of being put into a good Christian family far excels any and all physical blessings. The living facilities may be just what a father and mother can provide. It may not be luxurious and expensive, but it is a blessing nonetheless.
Children naturally like what parents do for them physically and generally show it. On the other hand it is “funny” that as they grow older the religious training provided by their parents seems at times to be very much unappreciated. During the school years, good parents want their children to be safe, well dressed, and sufficiently supplied with things that enhance their early learning. Children so blessed should be deeply influenced by that.
When it comes to their religious life, somehow it becomes different. In the physical care and training parents provide their children there is room and reason for a child to respect the parent’s wishes. It is a manifest show of disrespect for a child to do otherwise. A child showing respect to parents for all the physical blessings received but who in turn disregards and doesn’t appreciate their religious training is a case of what is not respectful. On the other hand to take all a parent provides in physical things but totally reject the spiritual guidance a parent tried to provide is dishonorable and reprehensible.
Such conduct says, “I appreciate what my mother and father have done for me – they took great care of me at home; they provided me with an opportunity to get a good education; they were with me in times of great distress while I was growing. But I resent their efforts to teach me to be a God fearing person, to be a faithful Christian and to set heaven as my eternal goal.”
This is not to say that children are forced to follow parental religion – each person must evaluate religious influences by measuring it by the Bible. However, for a child to decide absolutely contrary to the way parents tried, but evidently failed, to lead them through the strait gate and the narrow way that leads to life, is not only wrong, it is a complete disrespect for the most important thing parents can give their children
It makes one wonder. - DRS
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