In our blog posts this week we have talked about issues that are affecting the direction this country is going. I wanted to write today about something we can do to help the future of this nation. What I want to discuss today is how we are raising our children. In light of our previous topics it is important to discuss this as they will face these issues for probably all their life where some of us will only deal with them for about half of ours. I am not here to tell you how to raise your kids. Some would say I have my own struggles and am not an authority on the subject and they would be right. I, like most fathers, struggle with my children from time to time, but it is important that we understand how God wants these little souls raised as He wants them to be with Him in heaven. How do we know that God wants them with Him in heaven. We see Jesus talk about this in Matthew 18:3 “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”. This is not the only passage where Jesus speaks of little children. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven.” What Jesus means there is that we have to become innocent like little children to enter heaven and we do so by confessing Jesus as our Lord and being buried with Him in baptism and rising up a new man innocent of sin ready to walk with Him the rest of our days. It is important that we reach the hearts of our children with the word of God. The task is a difficult task in today’s society as well as we see many two-income families who hardly see their children and it makes it even harder for them to take the time to teach the truth to the souls that should matter the most to them. I know that was a challenge for my wife and I, until I became a full-time preacher. This charge of teaching our children falls to us as fathers. We see this in Eph. 6:4 “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” The challenge for us as parents is not to get frustrated with our children as we try to teach both through example and through words. It is how we show them we love them. In Matthew 25:35-46 we get a lesson from Jesus on how we should care for others. Our children are no different than any other soul out there. We need to be sure that we have taught them the truth and pray for it to sink into their heart and take root so that they can develop into the strong Christians the next generation will need to help fend off the “fiery darts of the wicked one.” Eph. 6:16. In doing this we also must make sure that we have not provoked our children to anger and wrath as Paul warned against in Ephesians chapter 6. It is a difficult balance and we should incorporate prayer in the effort and trust that God will help us be the parents He wants us to be and that He will open these hearts so His word can fill them up with the love for God that we have.