What will we teach our children? The question everyone’s asking
There is a lot of people crying, wondering, and questioning. This question is one that keeps coming up “what will we tell our daughters, what will we tell our children?”
“The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all”
First off, let me start by saying, we will teach them what we’ve been teaching them their entire lives. Jesus is King and He sits on the throne. The world around us will make choices, as we should also do, but ultimately, God is in control of the entire universe. He’s got this! Nothing goes unnoticed, not the sparrow, and certainly not you.
Now, if you really want to go deep, here are the lesson we’ve learned from recent events:
- Don’t be influenced by others around you. To do research and form your own opinions.
- Always listen to your conscience and have independent thought. You should never let somebody else’s opinion, no matter how loud and abrasive, affect yours. As long as you have conviction, you should not be swayed.
- You can’t speak for everyone, but you still have a voice. We have freedom; everyone has the right to speak their mind. Don’t be silenced because someone doesn’t like what you have to say.
- You will either rejoice in your victory, or accept that this time around you came out on the losing end. (Not to be confused with backing down from your convictions). You’re not always going to get the trophy, but press forward anyway.
- Don’t assume the worst in people before getting to know them, even when they have differing views.
- Pray! Pray for the divides all around you. Pray for healing, pray for those who persecute you, so that your heart may not also become hardened.
- In this life, we’ll often come across people who don’t feel the same way we do, but we still have to humble ourselves and work together. Rise above, have respect, but always stand your ground.
How I’m using reactions to this election as an analogy to our life as Christians:
(Because, yes, I’m always gonna take that opportunity to teach my children life lessons! Take ’em when you can get ’em!)
We’re Christians, and we have beliefs and opinions that others may not. Just because someone doesn’t agree with us doesn’t mean we write them off, judge them, or assume the worst about them.
However on the other hand, we are not always treated with the same respect. It’s funny how people have become “progressive” about many topics, but their ideas about Christians have not. Sadly, we do have to prepare our children that their beliefs will be attacked, mocked and ridiculed. However, they must learn to stand with authority and not be silenced; because no matter what they’re told by media, social influence, popular vote or any other outside voice, they too are entitled to express their opinions, faith, and ideas. I pray our voice is louder when teaching them, and they’ll never be shushed into a corner by those who oppose their views. I want them to stand bold, and confident in their faith.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. They’ll also know that they can find community in each other, share love, freely give kindness, and have a positive and impactful impression on folks who need encouragement. There will always be an opportunity to lift each other up, help heal , and build bridges.
Many God bless us and may we all be willing to come together in peace!