Godly parents will never criticize the pastor of their children.
2 Kings 2:23-24 (KJV) And he went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.
Parents will give an account for every idle word and for how their children are raised. However, as the parent must give an account, the Pastor will give an account for the preaching. When you tear the preacher down, you destroy his ability to minister to his children.
Moreover, there are bears in the woods. God may not use a bear to get you, but when you tear the man of God down, God will not take it lightly.
#GODLYparents don’t allow their children to be prostituted in beauty pageants, dance teams or cheer squads.
1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
To some degree, I can understand when a lost person allows his daughter to be a cheerleader, on a dance team or in a beauty pageant. They look at their daughter, and see someone they are proud of. After all, every child is a beautiful child, and my daughter is more beautiful than yours. However, to extend that pride to the point of allowing your child to be put on exhibition is an act of sheer perversion. To normalize the exhibition of children illustrates the depth to which our society has sank. Jesus warned that it was better that a millstone be placed around your neck and you be cast into the depths of the sea than for you to offend one of His little ones. To place these children on exhibition in such a way is damaging to them on many different levels.
First, we must consider the child’s self-esteem. A child is not equipped to process the difference between real beauty or talent and something which is painted on them. The child believes that beauty and talent are measured by the number of trophies on their parent’s mantle. How sad. The child is pushed by her parents to do more, to work harder, to push on in these competitions to the point that her entire identity, her entire life revolves around the competition. Where will she be when she is twenty-five and too old for the competition? Will she wake up and decide that she has no value? If there is no competition to win, is the girl worthless?
Pr 6:16-17a These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look…
Second, we must consider God’s opinion of pride. It is the first on a list of things which God hates. God declares it to be an abomination. I wonder if God, looking through time, saw some mother forcing her child to practice one more cheer routine when He inspired this verse. Do you get where God places pride? On this list of seven abominations, we do not see adultery, fornication or sodomy. The first on the list is PRIDE.
We could spend time discussing modesty. Ultimately the cheerleader or beauty queen is all about saying look at me. More than the “look at me” aspect, these children are often forced into clothing fit only for a harlot. What is our world’s response to this? Thousands of people will pay to watch these exhibitions of children dressed in the attire of a harlot.
We could spend time looking at the physical torture these kids endure in practice and primping for these contests, but it speaks for itself.
We could discuss the effect of contests, pageants and the like on church attendance. Which is more important?
What about the key verse I mentioned above? Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems as though the children involved in these activities have parents, a mother, who wanted to do these things as a child but could not. Is she torturing her child, teaching her child that physical beauty and talent are all that is important because she is vicariously living her childhood dreams through her daughter? Does that mother despise her own youth?