Rebellion in the Last Days
By Rosemary Nuckols
"But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." II Timothy 3:1-5
We all know time is moving closer to the last days, and I think we all have seen and been alarmed by the selfishness and decadence in our culture. Many in our culture are calling evil good and good evil. As Christians we don’t need to be confused, since we have our guidebook, the Bible, which gives us understanding of God’s absolute truth. We need to purposefully share our faith in Jesus and the word of God with our children and to train them up in the ways of the Lord – as there is one roaming the earth who would like to claim them. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8
We parents are the ones who are accountable before God in training up our children. When our children are busy with an abundant number of activities, they are receiving a variety of influences on their lives from peers and teachers. Even homeschooling families can be robbed of the time they need together to grow in their knowledge of the Bible and in Godly character. We all know it is more difficult to correct and discipline our children while driving in the car or in public settings. I also believe a selfish attitude can be fostered in our children, if everything is centered around their activities away from home. Selfishness can easily lead to rebellion. If families are home together more, it is natural to include them in family chores where they can learn responsibility, unselfishness, and working as unto the Lord.
Therefore, I urge you parents to be mindful of the number of activities that your children are involved in, and work at creating a Godly atmosphere in your home. Remember, that can only be created if you have plenty of time at home together as a family. Children need to be with their parents to be trained in the ways of godliness and to keep them from rebellion and the ways of this world. They need to see the godly examples of their parents living for the Lord in everyday life. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7 It is important to be mindful and discerning of all influences on your children. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8
It’s important to be thoughtful and deliberate in making your decisions in all areas of training and nurturing your children. Be careful not to give into the latest fad in toys, clothes, or entertainment. Sometimes your children or even other adults are pressuring you or encouraging you to buy those items for your children. Even many toys for young children are evil and can lead our children astray and into rebellious attitudes and behavior. Make a point to choose toys for your boys and girls that are wholesome. Some toys I see in stores give me a chilling feeling and really grieve my spirit. All Christians (including your children) should be thinking on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)
Parents, ask our loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to help you make an all out effort to teach your children to be wise and discerning in every area of their lives. In each of these areas I have mentioned I am not giving you a list of no’s and don’ts to respond to your children with. Rather, these cautions are for you, the parents, to have wisdom and discernment in all areas of influence on your children. Your children won’t be feeling oppressed if they are kept away from ungodly influences, because they will have positive, Christian influences instead. The toys, books, music, entertainment, clothes, and friendships will be wholesome and fresh and pleasing to Jesus, if you call on Jesus to give you the wisdom in all of these areas. You must also be willing to trust and obey Jesus – even though your family’s lifestyle may be very different from everyone else around you. Your children will also gain hearts of wisdom when they are trained with Jesus first in every area of their lives. When they are mature enough, they will joyfully make decisions to choose what honors God and will be strengthened to be able to stand against the world’s ways. I write all of the above giving Jesus Christ the credit for guiding my husband, John, and me in raising our six children. We can testify that it helps greatly to fill your home with good Christian influences and keep your children away from much of the contemporary culture’s pitfalls. Jesus guided us as we guided three of our children through the teen years and into adulthood. We are continuing this God-given journey of homeschooling with our younger three children, and we continue to remind ourselves to trust and obey God and allow Him to lead us in parenting. As He leads us, we want to exhort you to raise your children without all of the worldly influences, so your children can each have a happy, wholesome childhood and even through the teen years, when so many people expect them to rebel. Truly, the Christian family can be and should be a bright light in this world that is full of rebellion and much spiritual darkness. “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him, yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin.” I John 1:5-7
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