Our culture has been in a paradigm shift for some time, but some more recent events have really given it a shove.
The culture shift beckons that we shift with it because we need to be more open and accepting. People make the mistake of believing that when we don't agree with their choices, we think them lesser people or are being unloving.
God has set an important moral standard for His people, and obviously if one is not living for God, they are not going to follow His standards. That's totally their choice and they're free to choose. We all have a choice.
That's in large part where this major shift is originating from. The people leading our country are simply not living for God therefore godly convictions will not spill out into major decisions made on behalf of the country. Christians are now put in a very different and difficult place.
Raising our children with "good morals" is no longer clearly defined because our culture has made "good" relative. What is "right" is no longer defined by God through His word, but by what is right in each person's own eyes (Judges 17:6).
This leaves me, as a mother, in a challenging place. I didn't expect to raise children in such chaotic times; as confusion sweeps our land. We simply must teach our children something beyond the law of morality because the law of morality is not strong enough to uphold our children in a culture that has such varying opinions on what is considered moral.
In addition, it's not the foundation of salvation. It's a result of building a relationship with the Lord that should be an outpouring.
Rather than teach our children good morals, teach them holiness. Holiness goes beyond "being good". Holiness is something only obtained through the power of the blood of Christ. As His Spirit lives in us, we become holy.
Good morals without Christ stand alone. But good morals because of Christ is His holiness in us.
So how do we raise our children with strong convictions without compromise?
They must know Christ. They must understand the cost for their sin. They must understand the Gospel and how it's relevant to them, individually. They need to know about His steadfast love and what love is from His Word.
Christ doesn't need to be dressed up in today's worldly fashion in order to be shown relevant to anyone. Because the fact is we ALL fall short of His glory. We ALL have sinned and we ALL need a Savior to wash that sin away. That's what makes the Gospel relevant to all.
We teach the Gospel by living the Gospel. We teach forgiveness by being forgiving. We teach love by being loving. We teach excellence by reaching high. We teach truth by not compromising His Word.
Without this connection and relationship, the moral law to them will be quite useless. Just another set of someone else's standards to follow amongst the many already out there.
Knowing Christ gives our children reason to want holiness. Culture today says we need embrace diversity but that doesn't mean we need to compromise what God lays down as Truth. We can still embrace people without compromise.
The Gospel message is not about living the perfect life; it's about living in relationship with God and trusting Him with our lives by living out His Word.
Teaching our children the moral law will never be enough. They need to understand why it's important to keep it written on their hearts and live it out. They need to understand there is a God who loves them more than anything and His law is to protect them and help them live a holy life.
God sets the standard for what is right and good and no one else.
Understanding who God is is pertinent to desiring to follow His moral standards, His holiness, and not chase after their own or the way of the culture.
In the coming days and weeks I hope to share some "how to's" because I know this can get overwhelming for some. It's not easy to put into words simple enough for children to understand, why we live for God and what that looks like.
Right now, the best thing you can do is lead by example. Read your Bible, pray for your children, use Scripture in everyday life. Don't leave it for just Sunday's because living for Christ is not only for Sunday's. It's for every moment of everyday. His Word brings life.
What do you most struggle with as you raise your children to follow Christ?