Thursday, August 07, 2008

Christian Parenting. Not.

I've already posted here
on what Christian parenting is.

Now I'd like to post on what Christian parenting is not.

It may seem like a "duh", but I tell ya,
as Earl verbalized what seems like no-brainers,
I realized that I really needed to hear it spelled out.
Sometimes I need my thinking tweeked in a major way!

Here is what Earl spelled out for us a few weeks ago during the "pastor's class":

Christian parenting is not simply:

* Christians who parent
as if whatever a Christian does in parenting is "Christian parenting".

* Christians who follow what their Christian parents did or did not do
as if imitating our parents who are Christians could be called "Christian parenting".

* Christians who call their parenting "Christian"
as if taking the world's viewpoint and ways of parenting and "baptizing" them into Christian forms and labels could be called "Christian parenting".

* Christians who ask the question, HWJP: How Would Jesus Parent?
as if simply asking this question apart from the clear teaching of Scripture could be called "Christian parenting".

* Christians who want their children to be Christians
as if the desire alone makes the practice "Christian parenting".

Christian parenting must be centered around Christ and Christ's Word.

2 comments:

Rachel said...

Thanks, Jan and Earl! This was a particularly timely post. It's such a privilege, and huge responsibility, to be chosen as the parents for these precious little ones. Thanks for the reminder.

Bekka said...

Your blog is looking lovely Mrs. Miles. =]

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