WHERE WERE YOUR CHILDREN LAST NIGHT?
The young people who attend worship services regularly are the “cream of the crop.” They are to be commended for their dedication. However, we must realize that they are confronted on every hand with temptations, and I do not mean mere opportunity for evil, but real pressure to conform. Parents need to realize the ever present dangers, and help their children to overcome the temptations. Parents also need to realize that mere lecturing has little effect, especially if the parents themselves fall short of God’s expectations. A good Christian example is essential if we expect our children to heed our warnings. If the example is not there, the message that is received by the children is, “Don’t do what I do, do what I say.” and this kind of message is less than futile.
Prov. 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This training requires a great deal of patience and a whole lot of consistency. Parents need to guide their children in the paths of righteousness, and encouragement is needed as well as rules, regulations, and restrictions. Also, young people need to realize that their parents were once young, that they experienced some of the same frustrations that young people experience now, and that they just might have a few answers. We are living in a very wicked time. Many things have contributed to the immorality of our day, but television has been one of the greatest offenders. Vulgarity is the core around which practically all programs are built. Even the programs that began as family type programs have gradually turned more and more to sex and indecency. A steady diet of this kind of television has lowered the morals of our country. It seems that there has been a concerted effort to make evil appear good, and it has been effective. We need to put the pressure on stations, networks, and sponsors to clean up television. However, in the meantime, Christian young people have a responsibility to keep themselves pure in the sight of God, and Christian parents have the responsibility of guiding them in their daily lives. Christian young people should be very selective in their associations, and parents need to know the kind of people their sons and daughters are associating with, because the apostle Paul knew what he was talking about when he said, “Evil communications corrupt good manners.” (1 Cor.15:33). Just remember, the occupants of heaven are not going to be selected from the dens of iniquity!!