Today, we face the most devastating epidemic ever to sweep our planet. It costs us more each year in dollars and lives than any plague in the history of mankind. Tragically, unlike AIDS, the cure is simple and effective and can be found in the pages of the Bible, yet the plague continues to grow day by day, year after year, generation upon generation.
Beginning with Dr. Spock’s book in 1946, there has been a trend toward permissiveism in parenting styles. It’s become more about how your child feels than who your child becomes. There are somewhere around 22,200,000 books and articles you can purchase that claim to contain expert advise on how to raise your child. The question is what is the source of their “expertise”?
If your car is broken, you take it to a mechanic who gets out the Manufacturer’s Repair & Maintenance Manual, reads how to fix what’s wrong and then does it. What would happen if you took your car to a mechanic and he pulled out a cookbook? “I’m sorry,” he’d say, “I can’t seem to find your problem, that will be $100.” Would you take your car back to him the next time it broke down? And yet, we practice this very same exercise in futility so often in our daily lives. “Oh no, you say?” We do it every time we allow the world to offer solutions to our daily problems, particularly in the areas of human relationships and the family. All we need to do when we are experiencing a breakdown (problem in our life) is to get out the Manufacturer’s Repair & Maintenance Manual (The Bible), and do what it says. If God created us, surely He knows what it takes to keep us up and running properly. Yet. it is so tragic that so few opt to take this easy cure. And so the epidemic of divorce, heartbreak, and rebellion continues to spread at a maddening pace.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
It is up to us as parents to rise up and say “Enough is enough!” The truth is we live in a duel world which is both spiritual and physical at the same time, and while there are very real spiritual forces at work, we must be careful not to use them as a scapegoat. The best starting point is to give credit where credit is due, in reality, most of our problems are more likely based in our own selfishness and a lifetime of false filters that alter our world view, than in a spiritual attack. However, there is no mistaking that we are in the midst of a great battle for our homes and families. We must purpose in our hearts to put our families and our homes on the firm foundation of God’s Word and keep our priorities right. It is our only hope of survival.