Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Parenting Without Christ

"What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over half a century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his own scenario in his weekly sermon that was also broadcast nationwide on CBS radio. Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took over Philadelphia (the city where Barnhouse pastored), all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tide pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say "Yes, sir" and "No ma'am," and the churches would be full every Sunday . . . where Christ is not preached."
- Michael Horton in Christless Christianity.

"This is scary - mainly because what Barnhouse describes is what most of us want for our children. Jesus, or no Jesus, we just want them to obey, be polite, not curse or look at pornography, get good jobs, marry a nice person, and not get caught up in the really bad stuff.
It may come as a surprise to you, but God wants much more for your children, and you should too."

This second quote is from a book I just started reading, Give Them Grace. And that's just the forward. This is going to be good . . . and incredibly convicting.