Light in the Dark
Updated: Feb 8
Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light…” John 12:35-36
Here are some facts that should scare you.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) over half of our young people have had sex before the age of 18. Although safe sex has increased globally there were still 42 million abortions performed worldwide due to unintended pregnancies, and that was just from 2019! Cigarette smoking has gone down significantly but, now this generation is into vaping which has killed 57 people causing quick and fatal damage to their lungs. There are more programs in place to spread awareness of underage drinking and yet, 5.1 million kids, ages 12-20, binge alcohol and make up 11% of all drinking in the US.
What is going on!!!
It’s clear that the world’s approach, no matter how well the intent, is failing our children. The good they are trying to accomplish in “saving” our children is backfiring pretty badly but, where is The Church in all of this? It also can be said that our approach to saving our children isn’t working, especially with the way we are doing it. We tend to throw scripture at our children, instill fear, and harshly judge the world around us for those who partake in the above statistics. There’s a better way and it starts at home. Here are the best 3 ways to keep our children from becoming statistics.
First impressions are the most long lasting because the person being impressed began with a clean slate. Our children are born with clean slates and we delegate what imposes their minds and shapes their futures. We must be proactive! When the world intends to superimpose its agenda onto our children there must be a barrier, a standard already built to protect them. The diligence necessary is crucial. The way we are hyper-conscious of getting an outfit dirty while wearing white or, the delicate way we hold crystal, holding our breath and praying it doesn’t break…this is the kind of attention we have to give to our children.
Subjects such as, sex, drugs, and alcohol should be taught at home from a biblical perspective (Psalm 119:105). Why are these talks so taboo? At times we feel that if we introduce these topics that it will give our children incentive to partake in them but, because we have the advantage of building structure, we can teach our children about these subjects with conviction. We hold all the power to what they see and don’t see, we control their limits, and most importantly, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us along.
Single out the enemy!
In teaching our children to pursue righteous, we have to be careful to single out the enemy and not people. When our children know that Satan has a hand in the destruction of their generation then, they can learn to hate the sin and love the sinner. Kingdom Children will integrate with the lost, and that’s great because what use is light if it isn’t shining around darkness? (Luke 8:16) and it’s imperative that they understand to convert those around them instead of being converted (2 Corinthians 6:14). When our children understand spiritual warfare and what goes on behind this reality, it’ll be easier for them to minister to their generation with love and grace.
Reward good doing!
As our children get order, no matter how many church services they attend or Bible verses they read, their human curiosity will tempt them to make bad choices. We’ve all been there, and prayerfully we’ve all learned our lesson and have turned our hearts back to God. The best thing that combats our children’s curiosity to do wrong is to reward them when they do good. Give them the healthy and beautiful outlook of sex within marriage and it’ll become less taboo. Sex is a reward for those who are joined by God in holy matrimony and should be celebrated in our children’s eyes not whispered shamefully to them to avoid. Being a of sober mind guarantees that their bodies and minds will work in excellence, reward them for their sobriety, for how hard they work around the house and school. When we show them that the consequences of drugs and alcohol isn’t just jail and horrible health but, that it slows down their potential at an amazing life, it gives them true perspective.
The greatest reward for not being a statistic is the opportunity to be used by God in a mighty way without hindrance or delay. Our children are heaven bound and the obstacles that the enemy will present to them is already known, sex, drugs, and an early death. When we are proactive, single out the enemy, and reward them for their good doing, we build children who will lead their generation to the feet of Jesus and enlarge the Kingdom of God.