by Greg Gwin
The Beacon, January 22, 2013
Although most Christians wouldn't say it in so many words, many parents seem to be very concerned about things that might make their kids look 'different.' They are concerned about raising their children in strict, disciplined ways that might make them stand out in contrast to others. They mistakenly feel a need to have their kids 'blend in' with kids at school, etc.
Well, let's see about that . . .
- Statistics indicate that 13% of teens in America have had sex before their 15th birthday, and 70% have had intercourse before they reach 20 (1). 'But, I don't want my kids to be different.' Really!?! Are you sure about that?
- 6.5% of 8th graders, 17% of 10th graders, and 23% percent of 12th graders used marijuana in the past month, while 3.6% of 8th graders, 14.5% of 10th graders, and 28% of 12th graders reported getting drunk in the past month (2). But you say, 'I don't want my kids to be different.' Are you kidding!?!
- 35% of teenage boys and 26% of teenage girls admit to shoplifting. 83% say they have lied to their parents about something significant, and 64% admitted to cheating on tests (3). Yet, you're still worried about your kids being 'different'? How can that be!?!
Why are parents so worried about their children being viewed as 'normal' in such a wicked, immoral world? Now is the time to be teaching them, training them, and helping them to realize that pleasing God will require a way of life that is truly 'different' – even 'weird' – by the norms of the ungodly society that surrounds us. If you don't instruct them in their youth to "come out from among them and be separate" (II Corinthians 6:17), don't be surprised if they reach adulthood without a true and sacrificial love for God. Think!
- Guttmacher Institute
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- Josephson Institute