The Myth, The Reality and the Question for Parents!
*How many times have we seen TV news broadcasts or read Internet accounts of a young man or young woman who was called: “A good child” by their parents…just as they were arrested for a crime, shot to death by police, or sent to prison by a judge.
*How many times have we seen a young man or a young woman who has raised money for a cause, or done a community service called: “A good child” by those in positions of authority…along WITH their parents?
*How many times have we seen a young man or a young woman in a church called: “A good child” from their Pastor, Deacons, congregation members and their parents?
A child ‘may’ act good on the outside, but NOT truly good in the sight of God BECAUSE they have NOT given their lives to Jesus Christ (Gal 1:4). A child ‘may’ be upright in their local church, clean up their rooms, do well in school, perform good ‘community work’, and even be well thought of in their city (Eph 4:18; Rom 1:21). However, if they DO NOT have a relationship WITH God through Jesus Christ, they are on their way to a REAL Hell, and God regards them as Sinners (Rom 6:17, Rom 6:20; Joh 8:34)!
Children, as babies, look cute and cuddly. However, they are the offspring of Adam, and are born with a fallen nature. What is the proof? Consider this: One does NOT have to teach a child how to be selfish, or cruel, or to lie, cheat or steal. Because of their being born in sin (sin means ‘falling short’ of the righteousness of God Eph. 2:2, 3, 12) these traits come in their bodily package. Unless they become ‘born again’ (Col. 1:12-14), they may ‘grow’ physically, but will be stuck in the position of having their backs against God by not surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ and getting His righteousness applied to their lives (Eph. 2:8-10).
The question that every parent should ask themselves about EACH of their children is this: “Do I care more about how my child LOOKS on the outside BEFORE the world, OR is my child READY to face eternity?” Tomorrow is NOT promised (Heb. 9:27; Jas. 4:14)! A better question they should ask themselves is this: “Since I am their parent, what steps have I taken to make SURE that my children are Christians and NOT just ‘church goers’ or ‘church members’(1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:15; Luk 13:3, Luk 13:5)?”
‘Saying’ that your child is: ‘A good child’ may be good to impress your family, friends and community. It may be a good thing to do before the media, the police, and the funeral director…but it does NOT impress God (2 Pet. 3:5)! In the end, Jesus Christ will be the standard by which you–and your children–will spend eternity in Heaven, or in Hell (1 Thess. 4:5). Pray DAILY that your children become Christians, live the Christian life and grow in their knowledge, love and devotion to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
I’d also like to thank the folks at PreservedWords.com for their inspritation in this writting.
Mike Ramey is an Ordained Minister and Modern Street Gangs and Media Consultant who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. (C) 2015 Barnstorm Communications. Permission granted to Thug Exposed.org for its worldwide use and circulation.