Children can influence their parents just as parents can influence their
children. The following story about an imaginary couple may have been
duplicated in the lives of many of our readers.
George and Mary were a wonderful couple as they began their life
together. Throughout their youth they had received strong teaching
concerning worldliness, and their conduct showed the effects of that
teaching. They had been taught faithfulness in attendance, and they
never missed a service for "anything. In character and conviction, they
young couple failed, however, to instill into the hearts of their
children these same convictions. Consequently, as the children reached
their teens, they began to put pressure on their parents to let them do
what all the other young people were doing. Gradually the will of the
parents was broken down, and they began to permit their children to do
things they never dreamed their children would ever do.
Rationalization came easy for George and Mary. "After all, the Bible is
not specific in these matters," they thought. "The Bible says ' modest
apparel ', but it doesn't define modesty." "And, they're only planning
to go to the dance; they aren't planning to dance. We can't say ' no '
to everything, " they said. When Junior began to show unusual athletic
ability, the question of attending services became a problem. At first
they took Junior out of games and brought him to midweek services, but
then the team began to depend more and more on him. The play-offs came,
and the team's only hope in the play-offs was for Junior to play. George
and Mary gave in. And once they had given in, they had no more argument
for the future. Junior never missed another game to "go to church."
George and Mary often found themselves on the defensive in Bible
classes. They began to argue for their children's behavior. And, the
more accustomed they became to their children's actions, the more
innocent theirs actions seemed to be. Eventually, their own conduct
became affected. They reached the point where they thought nothing of
missing on Friday night during a meeting to see Junior play ball. Mary
even adopted some of the daughter's dress habits, although remaining
sufficiently "discreet" to stay in the good graces of the brethren. Yes,
George and Mary are still in good standing in the church, and their
change has been so gradual that many fail to realize that they are not
the strong Christians they formerly were. What happened to George and
Mary? Instead of bringing their children "up" in the nurture and
admonition of the "Lord", their children brought them "down" in the
nurture and admonition of the devil. "
children may do wrong, but they must not do wrong with our permission.
We do not seek anger, but repentance. Parents, would your names fit in
the place of "George" and "Mary" in the above story?
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