“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,” This passage from Rom 1:24-30 sounds as if it could be from today’s headline or lead news story.
- Gun Violence
- Violence in general
- Disrespect for Law (Law Enforcement)
- Hateful attitudes
- Unwed parenting
- Sexual Immorality
- and the list goes on . . .
How do we put a stop to all these things? At the very least, how can we slow down the number of occurrences? Are more laws the answer? Maybe or maybe not. Are tougher penalties the answer? Possibly or possibly not.
The answer begins at home. We must get our homes back to what they should be. We must train our children at home – hands on. This starts when they are born and continues even when they are in school (home-schooled, private school, or public school). Parents, we NEVER stop being our children’s firt and primary teacher. This is God’s plan all along: Deut 6:3-9, “Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
To do this means we will do more that tell our children what to do and how to behave. We will model it. We will live as God’s person and live with God every second of every minute of every hour of every day so that our children not only hear but also see how to live.