What Do We Communicate?

By Stan Mitchell
Parentschild.jpg“Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight … When I was a son with my father, tender, the only one in the sight of my mother” (Proverbs 4:1,3, ESV).
Once upon a time, the phrase “Father Knows Best” was the title of a popular television program, and a proverbial certainty. Today it has become parody.
In modern sitcoms, the joke is always on the parents. The father is depicted as clueless, the mother a ditz addicted to shopping at the mall. Meanwhile the kids are street-smart and world-wise.
Society as God would have it has been turned on its head!
Have our children rebelled to the extent that they no longer accept parental authority? Or have we as a generation of parents relinquished our responsibility to teach children? Have we declined to be the adults in our families?
One thing is certain; in godly families, parents pass on their work ethic, their values and their faith to their children. They live and teach their convictions.
Sometimes they even dare not to be popular parents and instead endeavor to be proper parents, people who guide, direct and even correct their children.
It’s not so much a question of whether the children will listen; neither is it a question of whether the parents will teach; it’s a question of whether we have something (an ethic, a value, a faith) with which to teach!

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