Parenting in the Midst of a Hostile Culture

HoID-100290674w do you parent in a culture that is increasingly, overtly opposed to a Christian worldview? In her article, “Gospel Centered Parenting in a Time of Cultural Crisis,” Diane Bucknell provides parents some straightforward, sound advice. Here are some excerpts from the article:

Christian parents worldwide are having to  deal with challenges unlike anything we experienced when our kids were young. In addition to raising  their children in the Lord,  parents must be fastidiously discerning when it comes to their children’s education,  social media activities, entertainment choices, and relationships with unbelieving friends and family members. Who wouldn’t be worried about their children’s spiritual well being, and how will Christian families cope living in such an ungodly world?

GOD WILL PRESERVE HIS CHURCH
First, we can take real comfort knowing that nothing falls outside the parameters of God’s eternal plan for the world and for His  people. 

THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
Despite the world around us never underestimate the power of God’s glorious Gospel when it comes to awakening your child’s heart—especially  when  it is accompanied by fervent prayer…

THE NECESSITY OF SEPARATION
…Gospel centered parenting includes teaching  our children the necessity of  Biblical separation  if  we want them  to understand what it means to be sincere followers of Jesus Christ…

SALT AND LIGHT
Nevertheless, God did not intend New Testament believers to be cloistered away in monasteries because He calls us to be salt and light in this hopeless world. Our children need to observe the joy and peace only God can give in the midst of  trials  and adversity. They need to understand  that we are citizens of the City of God and are commanded to love and pray for our enemies. Imperfect parents as we are, they need to see us fighting the good fight and  keeping the faith until we finish the race.  

You can read the entire article here.

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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