Raising Godly boys is challenging enough, let alone in the awakening of a gender crisis. We need to keep focused on raising our children in the way of the Lord.
Raising Godly Boys in a Gender Crisis World
The media is filled with articles on how to accept and encourage children’s choice of gender. Parents are being advised, even by recognized institutions, like the American Academy of Pediatrics, to be of encouragement and support to a child choosing his/her gender. A simple search on the internet and all the articles will make you fall to your knees and ask God for forgiveness, protection, and guidance.
We are living in times that you will be criticized if you don’t let your children lead themselves in life.
You will be labeled as intolerant for not accepting the demands of a minority group that is causing the breakdown of our social structure.
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Interestingly, those secularists use wording that convicts Christians of being intolerant to others, when in reality they are being intolerant toward Christians. They demand us, Christians, to formally view and accept, and tolerate their non-biblical tendencies utilizing the slogan “God is love, and loves everyone regardless” without further deepening in a correct study of the Bible.
But watch when we try to expose our biblically-based clean moral ideas, we are attacked, bullied with intolerance towards our beliefs. The same intolerance they think we are treating them with, they are treating us, and worse. But one thing is clear, God has charged us with the duty to raise those children according to His precepts and his commands :
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).
What Way Should they Go?
When we diligently direct their behavior following biblical principles with love, they will always tenderly remember that guidance. That seed that we plant in their minds and hearts even if they were to part a bit from God during their life, it will always trigger in them, the realization that they should turn back to their roots, and gives them the power to discern between right and wrong.
If I was to leave my boy undisciplined, with no direction. Just let him go with what he feels or wants. He will eventually be a disgrace, as Proverbs 29:15 states, “A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.” When there is no guidance, the threat of not recognizing and accepting his identity as a man would rise exponentially.
There is no assurance, no clear vision of what he ought to be. He would be more open to letting loose the desires of his flesh. And he would easily be a target of the darts of sin. But with a strong foundation, he has better chances to fight those darts directed against him.
I’m not talking about being harsh with physical punishment, that’s plain abuse. I’m referring to the fact that we have to be strong. We have to be definite in our beliefs and values when educating our children. And to properly discipline them with love. We live in a fallen world, and we have been given a guide to be able to journey it: The Bible.
Teaching by Example
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5: 2-3)
Honest and Transparent Teaching
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanders nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
My boy at his young age is aware that some men marry men, and some women marry women.
The more we provide biblical reasoning to our son, the more he will know God.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”
Thoughts from Hubby
We have praying habits before meals, and together we pray before going to sleep.
Hi, I’m Maritza! A wife to a tremendously patient husband and mother to three wonderful little blessings that inspire me to live my life with purpose.
As a mother and main educator of my children, I have an enormous responsibility and a duty to God, to do my best to raise well-rounded Christian children, who will love God, and who will get Him known.
I blog at www.homeschoolepiphany.com and it is my hope to encourage other busy working, homeschooling moms by sharing a wellspring of resources ranging from motivation to actual practical and simple organizational, educational, and time management resources to simplify the homeschooling lifestyle while maximizing its experience and enjoyment.