(Jesus said in his famous Sermon on the Mount) Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Jesus made it clear over 2000 years ago, and it’s still true today. The vast majority of the people in our world, in our community, are heading down the broad road that leads to destruction (Hell). Very few people are on the narrow road that leads to eternal life (Heaven). And we hope and PRAY LIKE CRAZY that our kids will choose the narrow path or the path of purity as I referred to it last Sunday during my message, Marry Well. You can watch it here.
If we, as parents, want to help our kids “Marry Well”, we have to guide them down God’s path of purity. This is not the popular path, especially in our politically correct, secular culture. I shared last Sunday that it’s our role as parents to teach our kids a Biblical view of marriage. They will not be taught this in our public schools, from their friends, or by watching TV/movies. Actually, it is quite the opposite. Remember “more is caught than taught”, and our liberal media has a very strong secular agenda.
I shared last Sunday at Graystone Church a Biblical definition for marriage:
Marriage is a covenant relationship with God between one man and one woman for life.”
And in order for our kids to establish this covenant with God, we need to guide them to live pure and holy lives. “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (Hebrews 13:4)” I shared that any sex outside of marriage (I.e. premarital sex) is a sin, and we need to help our kids live pure and holy lives.
During this point in my message, 4-5 people got up and left the auditorium. Now typically, when someone gets up and leaves during one of my message, I automatically assume he/she is going to the restroom ;-). But when 4-5 people leave at the same time, I assume something else is going on.
God’s way is NOT popular. I try my best to be sensitive to others and speak the truth in love. But God has called me to preach the truth of His word. If our kids (and our parents for that matter) are not being taught a Biblical view of marriage at church, then where are they going to learn it? The Bible is clear that there will be a time when many pastors and teachers will say things that “our itching ears want to hear” ( 2 Timothy 4:3). Well hopefully, that will never be me.
God’s way is NOT popular. But it is the best way. God wants what’s best for our kids. And so do I. It is God’s will that they should be sanctified (set apart from the world)…For God did not call them to be impure but to live holy lives (1 Thessalonians 4:3,7). Let’s PRAY LIKE CRAZY that our kids follow God’s path of purity. And if/when they make a mistake, let’s give them as many onramps as possible to get back on the right path.