These days must be confusing for our children. Our society has seemed to have blurred the lines between right and wrong… making what used to be unquestionably unacceptable, now acceptable. What used to be black and white are now grey areas. If we go down this path, I wonder what the world will be like ten, twenty years from now.
The question is, who defines right and wrong?
If it was God who put us in this world, then we need to trust His rules. If there is anyone who knows man’s tendency to push the boundaries, it is our Creator. That’s why He made sure to articulate for us through His Word the boundaries, commands and rules that should govern our world. If we abandon an absolute standard that gives us the boundaries to live by, then anyone or any group can declare acceptable whatever they feel is right.
God gave us boundaries to protect us. Imagine running on a cliff that didn’t have a fence? Or going to the zoo with no cages to hold the animals in? Or driving on a highway without a speed limit? Boundaries do not deprive us. In fact, they give us the freedom to enjoy life in safety. When we overstep God’s boundaries, there will be consequences for sure. When we honour His boundaries, there will be blessings.
The challenge for us parents is this: We need to raise our children to accept God’s standards as the absolute standard for their lives. While they’re young, teach them that the Word of God is the ultimate filter for their behaviour. If they don’t want to share a toy, show them what the Word of God says about it. If they’re angry, show them what the Word of God says about it. If they are being prideful, show them what the Word of God says about it. It is daily getting them into the habit of referring to the Word of God, until it becomes their default.
It’s so obvious that the world’s standards are opposed to God’s standards. So as parents, let us teach our kids to uphold the TRUTH. God’s Word is TRUTH. The Bible is not an outdated book. It is God’s manual for life and is still very much relavant today. In the midst of a diversity of standards, when the world is spewing out different views, let us train our children to look to the Word of God for validation.
John 17:14-19 says I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.