Parenting and Christian Freedom

Hobbes: Is it a right to remain ignorant?
I don’t know, but I refuse to find out.

This humorous interchange between Calvin and Hobbes highlights the fact that sometimes we decide on issues in the Christian life in which there is not just one right way, but there is freedom.  Sojourn Kids, a ministry of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY., has just finished a series on Parenting and Christian Freedom. I have always found their material well-written and biblically sound, and I would recommend this series as well. Here is the outline of the series:

Jared Kennedy, Pastor of Children’s and Parent Ministries, begins the series in this way:

As careful parents, we certainly have opinions about all of these matters.  We have done our homework, studied the options, read books, consulted with friends and other like-minded parents then made the decision that we believe is best for our kids.  And, since this is the best for our kids, it must be the best for every child, right?  In reality, this logic is flawed.  We are sinners, and our tendency is to become judgmental and self-righteous about our preferences—even trying to justify ourselves (or our children) by the choices we’ve made for them.  We are frail and fallen, and our tendency is to be deceived by the latest parenting fad—thinking it must be the best rather than weighing our options against the Bible’s teaching.

As Sojourn’s Pastor for Children’s and Parent Ministry, my hope is that our church community will learn to approach each of these issues (and others like them) with strength and grace—standing firm on Biblical principles and Biblical wisdom, and exercising liberty where the Bible is not so clear.

I encourage to read the posts and responses to that post that interest you, because there is lively and healthy discussion in the responses as well. I would have the same hope that Jared has expressed above, that these posts might help you think, using Biblical principles and Biblical wisdom, in ways that would honor God and show grace towards others.


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