Family series #1: Battlements for the Home
We are all aware of the fact that when we put a swimming pool on our property we have the responsibility of fencing it to protect children. Failing to do so could result in the injury or even death of children. In Bible times God gave the responsibility to parents to build walls or battlements around the flat rooftops which were used as porches or family rooms. Deuteronomy 22:8
Fathers and mothers cannot shrug off the responsibility of taking measures to protect their children from harm. We make sure our children are fastened safely in their car seats or seat belts. We use child proof fasteners or locks on cupboards and cabinets containing items that could physically harm our children.
Our children’s friends
So it is with the spiritual protection of our children. We cannot ignore our responsibilities or blame others for our failures. So often parents blame their failures with their children on their children’s friends. It’s our responsibility to protect our young impressionable children from the wrong friends and the wrong influences of degrading music and television. The education and raising of children is the parent’s responsibility; not the State’s. Certainly, the State steps in when parents neglect that responsibility.
As young parents back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, we controlled the television programs and music our children watched and listened to in our home. We were very much aware of the friends with whom our children played. We took the responsibility for the education of our children. My wife and I ruled our home with a gentle, loving, but firm hand.
I Timothy 3 and Titus 1 give clear instruction to pastors, elders and deacons as to how they are to raise their children. They are to be examples to all the church family. Those who cannot manage their families are not to attempt to lead churches. God holds a husband and father responsible for his family. A godly wife and mother works in harmony with her husband. Proverbs 14:1 teaches that a foolish woman who refuses to accept her responsibility under God destroys her family just as surely as a woman on the roof tears apart her house with a crow bar and axe.
We were not the perfect parents. As we grow older most of us become aware of our failures and in retrospect see how we could have been better parents. We thank God that in spite of our failures, our three children grew up without major problems and today each of them are raising their children to know the Lord and live for Him.
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