“When I was growing up, I had a drug problem,” Sam started. His audience of fellow fathers stopped in mid-bite on burgers at a local hangout. They stared.
“What? You?” Charley asked. He was astonished! Sam’s standing as a man of integrity, church leader and a Christian spanned all the years the men had known each other. He was a model of clean living.
“Yeah. I got drug to church every week. But it was the finest blessing I’ve ever had. I learned values. I learned about God. It was at church and at home how to be a man and a spiritual leader like my dad.”
Getting drug to church every week? What does that have to do with child rearing?
Some parents vocalize that children should have the choice of choosing to go whatever church they want to with their friends or not to go at all. Often these parents don’t attend church at all themselves. The message is clear: church is not important or essential. It is an extra, like dessert. What values do they themselves teach and model at home and in everyday life?
Children “getting drug to church” every week by their parents, guardians, or caregivers see that church is important to the grown-ups. Wee ones can figure out if the adults think if church is worth their time. Little ones can also see if the grown-ups are trying to live by God’s values. When they themselves grow up, how will they live?
The Bible has much to say about God’s values: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” [Proverbs 22:6].
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” [Deuteronomy 11:18-19]
“Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” [Ephesians 6:4]
Men, step up to the plate as spiritual leaders. It’s okay that your children get drug to church every week. It’s a good kind of drug problem!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and an award-winning book. Look for more tips on men stepping up to the plate as spiritual leaders in Jo’s new release, Give Us This Day Our Daily Grin – A Fun-Lovers Guide to Spiritual Living and Growing. Find it on Amazon Kindle and other e-formats Smashwords as well as print edition coming soon. Jo lives in northeast Arizona and writes a popular humorous weekly blog on her website, www.button-to-god.com.]