The Family: God’s Blessing for Children
June 9, 2023

Today’s 333 Devotional: “The Family: God’s Blessing for Children”

Socrates said, “Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, and they show disrespect for their elders. They love to chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise with elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, babble before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

It hasn’t changed much. The Bible says, “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

I find it interesting there is nothing in the Ten Commandments about “Respecting your elders,” “honoring leaders,” or “respect God’s authority.” Instead, it tells us to honor our parents.

This could be because when children honor their parents, invariably they honor and respect their teachers, police officers, elected officials, bosses, and even God. And while there have been millions of dollars spent on research, this is something God knew all along.

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” (Exodus 20:12)

Today the family is at a crossroads. An epidemic of child abuse and neglect puts children in terrifying situations. And children are the focus of more violence than any other group.

The womb, designed by God to shelter the unborn, has become the most dangerous place on earth for children. Children are also among the most likely to suffer from poverty, and in the war on drugs the battle is for the souls of our children.

Someone wrote, “For more than twenty years … the institution of the family has been subjected to an endless array of bad ideas, including the sexual revolution, open marriage, no-fault divorce, devastating taxes, hostility to children, abortion on demand, ridicule for homemakers, war between the sexes, and the plague of obscenity.”

It is the family that God has placed the priority upon, meaning the family has a divine origin. People propose alternate lifestyles, but God established the family. It was His plan from the very beginning.

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