Does this make sense to anybody?
We teach this to children, at least in the U.S., starting from a very young age, but then wonder why they grow up with a devalued sense of another person’s importance.
For instance, if I raise my children believing that they’re only slightly more intelligent than a primate, with ultimately a survival-of-the-fittest mentality, because it’s a dog-eat-dog world, why would I wonder why they might cut themselves, bring guns to school, bully, steep in great depression, self medicate, or contemplate suicide?
No, you say, that’s unfair. There are so many other factors that go into account than a complete lack of faith in God…
But in all the reasons you could come up with, barring a genuine medical mental issue, they all can be traced back to the lack of morality- the lack of God, when we raise our children with no higher purpose.
You could get frustrated, like so many, and say, “Well that’s ridiculous! I can be an anti-theist, an agnostic, an atheist, or simply not care about any deity at all, but still be ‘moral’. I can still teach my children to be ‘good’. I have taught them to respect others, and to be ‘tolerant’ of anyone.”
I guess my question to you is what is good?
What’s good enough?
Where’s the limbo bar of perfection, where we can’t bend far enough, but we still go to the back of the line to go through again, still playing the game…
“Well, good is loving people..,” you say.
“Where does love come from?” I’d ask you.
You see, love comes from God. God loved us first. That’s the whole reason you’re even here. But if you’re not telling them that, then their moral compass is shaky, and doesn’t even point true north.
How about these truths?
God made you. He created you to know Him.
He loved you even before you would ever wonder if He’s real..or decide if He was worth knowing at all.
You have a great purpose for being here. You have a purpose designed for you before the foundations of the world were laid.
All you have to do is ask, in faith that He’s there, to show you who He is.
He wants to walk with you.
He wants to speak with you.
Now that, is something which kids can look forward to in their lives. I know because I’ve lived it. You can read my God-filled adventure stories in past posts. God is very very real.
If you haven’t, may you introduce yourself to Him, and if you already have, you know exactly how real He is.