Do Not Hinder Them (Childrearing)
To the Pure All Things Are Pure (Fidelity)
I was recently in a large super-store which shall remain nameless. I saw a baby onesie that said “Future Hottie.”
Fathers, our job is in part to protect our children from destruction, and to form them into sound buildings, since as believers, they are temples of the Holy Spirit. This kind of joke, the one on the onesie, isn’t going to burn a hole in your baby’s skin today, but it does show what kind of humor you are willing to allow into your house, what kind of labels you will allow into the minds of others as they think about your children (and your wife), and in which direction your planning is aimed.
Everything we do that is valuable has direction. If we want to minister, we have to be ready for it. If we want to be to church on time, we have to iron clothes early. If we want our children to know the Bible heartily when they are five, we have to teach it to them when they are three.
If we want our daughters to have safe respect for God’s image in her, if we want her to believe she should reject man after man until a truly godly one comes along, if we want our daughters to believe we honor our wives, and if we want our daughters to have daughters that have daughters that love Jesus as Lord, then we need to plan it out, planning to march toward glory and purity.
No sin is unredeemable, but all bad directions pursued have little flags and markers along the way that show we are off course.
If we want to have kids that believe that the “Law of Yhwh is perfect, restoring the soul,” then we should NOT get them shirts that say “I’m the bad one” or “The thing I’m the best at is breaking the rules!” If we want them to hide their private sexuality and to rightly parade God’s glory even in their own beauty, we should dress them modestly, and then praise their appearance. If we want them to start strutting early, then maybe buying a onesie would put your plan right on target.
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.”