I was talking to a couple last night about something their daughter did. Initially, they felt some uneasiness about her behavior, but their relatives assured them that her behavior was very common among kids their generation and that there’s nothing wrong with it. Well, after a few hours, their instincts got the better of them and had a serious talk with their daughter explaining why she can’t continue in that behavior anymore.
If everybody’s doing it, does it make it right? There are a lot of things these days that are considered “common” but may not necessarily be right or the best. There is a passage in the New Testament that says:
1 John 2:15-17 (The Message)
15-17Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.
As parents, we need to set the right standards for our children. The world’s ways or God’s ways. Living in before marriage or purity until marriage. Skimpy clothes or moderately, yet fashionably, dressed. Coarse joking or words that build up. Withhold your money or give generously. Independence or God-dependence. Pride or humility. Bitterness or forgiveness. Fear or faith.
Our children can easily get entangled in the ways of the world. Parents, it’s up to us.