Kids are angry. So many of this up and coming generation seem to have more than a chip on their shoulder. They are angry. They are volatile. They are unable to restrain their fists or their tongues.
With every year, the culture seems to be driving families apart. In Paul’s instructions to the Romans, he describes what a depraved culture looks like. In a list highlighting homosexual sins, malicious acts, and haters of God, Paul also includes that a culture devoid of God will be characterized by children who are “disobedient to parents” (Rom. 1:30).
Have you ever wondered why it seems like this next generation is so angry and so disobedient? While we can blame media influence or peer pressure, in reality, one of the main reasons comes from within the home. Take a minute and read Ephesians 6:4:
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Did you catch why some children are angry and disobedient? It’s their fathers. When fathers try to correct children’s behavior devoid of spiritual instruction, children become stirred up with anger. Temperamental fathers are actually causing further disobedience in their own children.
In this week’s resolution, we focused on the need to love and to lead our children. It is more than providing a roof over their head. It is more than making three meals land on the kitchen table. It is more than making sure they are able to go to their college of choice.
It is showing your children that nothing is more important than following God.
Think about the last year of your parenting. Have you made your children more angry or more joyful? You can, and must, discipline your children, but you don’t have to discipline them in a way that pushes them further away from you. Pray today that you can find out how to lead your family closer to God without pushing them further away from you.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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