Last week I focused on the Golden Rule. This week we’ll do a review of the biblical instruction to be kind. Our memory verse is “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32.
While our godless culture does not promote the authority of God as our creator, it does try to teach us to be kind. They tell us to stop bullying or say nice things to each other. But…how’s that working?
If you take a cursory view of TV, movies, or video games you will not get the impression you’re being sold kindness in words and deeds.
If you take a brief listen (and, that’s about all I can take) of many of today’s pop or hip hop songs, yeah…no kindness there.
Social media apps? Don’t get me started on the absolute destructiveness of these.
The cultural gods preach from behind their glass-walled houses or from their stages of power about how awful our culture is. While at the same time, doing everything within their power to take God out of it.
Do I expect this to change? No.
What I expect to change is you. You are the change agent, the gatekeeper, and you have power. Decide now, you’re going to take a different course.
Begin at the beginning and teach your children they are loved by their Creator God. He placed them here and wants the best for them. When they understand each of us is equal and special in God’s eyes, it will be easier for them to resist seeing themselves as better or higher or greater. It becomes more natural to apply the Golden Rule.
The culture is against you. Do not wait for that to change before you change how you raise your children. Teach them to be kind with their actions and words. Model it right in your own home. Hold them to a higher standard of behavior.
Final homework for you, dear mom or dad:
Write down your overarching goal for your child. I’ll help you get started by sharing mine. My overall goal for my sons was “to raise godly men who were capable of supporting a family and building a stable home for their children.”
When you form the goal, it helps distill your course of action. For example, if your goal is similar to mine, then how would playing baseball on Sundays help you achieve that goal? Or, would it be better to attend church and do some other type of sport?
If you’ve read this far, I’m assuming you aren’t happy with the culture either. Welcome. You’ve found others who are with you on the journey and will support you and encourage you to stay strong.
God has appointed you the gatekeeper. It’s up to you what gets inside the fence where your children are.
The wolves of the culture are prowling. God’s ways are best to defeat them.
P.S. What’s your greatest fear for your children? What’s your greatest desire for them? Drop a comment below and let’s get this conversation started.