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A Guide to Raising Christian Children

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  1. Avatar Barbara k. Hull says:

    Well said. Good point that isn’t often emphasized. Thank you Rev. Braaten

  2. Avatar John J Flanagan says:

    There are very intense challenges to raising Christian children today, especially given the “dumbing down” of our culture and the blatant narcissism and immaturity of modern American adults. Our culture is now very self centered, with most people unable to look away from their smartphones and IPads long enough to carry on an intelligent conversation.
    As a 72 year old retiree, I can remember the “old days,” when life had its problems but still seemed better in many respects. Today manners are terrible, people more coarse and vulgar, and there is less respect for authority.
    How do you raise Christian children in a polarized society in which morals are collectively loose, role models are difficult to find, and children are confused as to what is correct behavior. Certainly they can’t look up to some so called adults for guidance.
    I do not know the answer. Perhaps, we must just recognize that our society and nation is in moral and spiritual decline, and Christians must withdraw from it rather than take part in it.

  3. Avatar Tom Mueller says:

    The vocation of parent is one of many vocations that God calls Christians to. Christian parents should prepare their children to fulfill many vocations. They should also prepare their children to deal with the possibility that God will not call them to the vocation of parent.

  4. Avatar Earleene F Childers says:

    Forever true, God alone creates family for His glory not the glory of man.

  5. Avatar Jeff says:

    I’m not sure I agree with this- nowhere in the Bible does God say that the purpose of raising children is to ensure that they marry and procreate. In 1st Corinthians CH8 vs 8-9 St Paul has this to say:
    “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. 9 But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”
    Later in vs 32-33 he adds:
    “I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33 But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— 34 and his interests are divided.”
    So from this it appears as if it is better to remain unmarried in order to better serve God during our time on this earth. At best marriage and family are optional.

    1. Avatar John J Flanagan says:

      The Bible also says, ‘it is better to marry than to burn.” Paul preferred to be single, and for some this situation is fine, but the human race needs to reproduce, and God Himself blesses the married state. It was not taught as an “option” except in modern self centered and prosperous societies.
      Biologically and sexually, men are meant to marry, which also meets the emotional and physical needs each of us possess. Are there bad marriages, dysfunctional relationships…yes,of course, but marriage is still the best and most biblical situation for men and women to enter into, and God blesses holy matrimony.