When I was growing up, I was always made to be the example…that’s because I was a P.K.-otherwise known as a Preacher’s Kid. Since this was my position in life, I was somehow held to a higher standard than all the other kids in the church.
This view of thinking caused my brother and I to rebel to a degree far higher than most. However, had we been given the same grace as all the other children, we perhaps would not have gone astray to such lengths!
I had the verses in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 crammed down my throat so many times that I could quote them, verbatim by the age of nine! Here’s what it says… “ Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.”
I completely agree…but all parents KNOW that you can only enforce obedience in young children. Once they reach a certain age, they become “adults” and make their own decisions. If you’ve brought your child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, He promises He will bring them back to what they’ve learned. BUT…most kids stray for a time. Does this make their parents unworthy or unfit for ministry? That kind of thinking is ludicrous!
The Bible calls David, “a man after God’s own heart”, yet he had a wayward son named Absalom. Does the wanton actions of his son negate the ministry of David? NO! And, we all know the story of David; he strayed from the Lord when he lusted, and then took Bathsheba. But it didn’t end there…he had her husband sent to the front lines of battle, knowing full well that it would mean his death. David was an adulterer and a murderer! Did God change His mind about David? Of course not, because God looks at a man’s heart!
God’s call on your life is without repentance!
One of my close friends and I were chatting about this the other day, because like most parents, we have at least one child that seems to have lost their way… for now anyway. We pray for their return to God! But, if we want to get right down to it…let’s take it to the top. My friend said this, and I quote…” God is, was, and always will be, a perfect parent and his kids (Adam and Eve) sinned and rebelled. So, clearly, being a perfect parent doesn’t guarantee perfect results!” So true! This is where ‘free will’ comes into play.
Next time you see the Preacher’s kids misbehaving…pray for them! Pray for all the children you know. Life, in this day and age is not so easy as it used to be! Our kids are bombarded on all sides…on a daily basis by Satan and his vices. Pray for their parents as well!
Stop your gossip. Take your judgments to the altar. Begin to pray for them, and yourself. Look at your own life. Lay down your stones. Fall to your knees! None of us are without sin!