Archive for June 11th, 2012

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Why would a Christian blog that focuses heavily on apologetics and theology take the time to review a work on Christian parenting?

I believe that to apply a robust Christian worldview by addressing only the issues of evangelism/apologetics at the academic/intellectual level without incorporating it at the grass root level of the church and the family would be making a great omission of being relevant culturally in the long run.  Since the church and the family is part of the institution that makes up the fabric of society, if we don’t address good Christian parenting and families, than the vehicle for truth in the lives of the next generation would become like a leaky pipe–it pours forth water but leaks out so much and have so much foreign objects intermingle within it to make it ineffective in imparting life sustaining and cleaning resource.

Readers should probably know a little about the author–that he was an Anglican Bishop of Evangelical persuasion who lived most of his life in the 1800s (he died midway through 1900).  Yet, this short work turns out to be still relevant for parenting today.  There were nuggets of wisdom offered throughout the work.  For instance, the author brings out a great point that it’s easy for parents to see what other parents does wrong.  Yet in the midst of this parents must examine themselves that they are parenting in a way that honors God.  I like the point Ryle made about making sure we teach our children to obey even if they don’t understand, but that they understand your love for them and care should be something they trust in even if they don’t understand with their feeble minds.  I thought that was a good analogy of our Christian faith with God the Father as well.  Also a good point was made about not spoiling your kids because a spoiled child in the end is not going to be a happy child.  I was also very encouraged by the point the author made that sometimes it’s okay to teach our children spiritual matters even if they might not understand it right then and there (of course, that’s not an excuse to work hard in bringing things down to the kid’s level).  This work was an encouragement for me as a new father of a child less than one year old–and as I realize the need of our times is Christian parents to raise up their children under the admonition of the Lord and the discipleship of children under a Christian worldview.

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