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Parenting: the Cause and Solution to Our Culture’s Loss of Love

“Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:12-14 CSB https://bible.com/bible/1713/mat.24.12-14.CSB

 

Why does God put lawlessness and love together? How do law and love combine for the good of society? The gospel and the obedient follower of Scripture, where the gospel is contained, give evidence of the virtue of law and love working together to make a holy people. Lawlessness is unhindered freedom to do as one pleases. We see this running rampant in our schools among children who claim to be animals or genders other than the one they were born with. This results from parents raising children with as few constraints as possible. In our second generation of producing, these unrestrained people are increasingly selfish and self-centered, which is why love has grown cold. Love requires thinking of others at least as importantly as ourselves. This is impossible when we always think of ourselves and gauge our lives by the rest of the world’s similar obsession with us. Law, God’s law, assumes at birth this self-centered carnality and commands parents to drive out this foolishness with the rod of correction while likewise teaching the wisdom of God’s truth. Constantly training children to put others before themselves and correcting them for failure will result in adults who think of others at least as much as themselves and are, therefore, more loving people in their ability to serve and compromise with others. This is the goal of Christian parenting. To live as Jesus lived, this development requires physical, spiritual, and emotional discipline to overcome the inherent nature of our flesh, which is the desire to be served and do as we please. Parents must share the gospel diligently and faithfully with their children by teaching and correcting them if we would have a world where love abounds more and more.

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