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I’M SO THANKFUL THAT I READ THIS SCRIPTURE WAY BACK BEFORE I HAD READ “MAN’S” CURRENT EXPLANATION OF IT.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
There is a lot of controversy over this little short Scripture. Some don’t believe it means what it says and they call it a “Truism” in defense of their position. In doing so they err. Truism means a “a self evident” obvious truth.
In believing that this Scripture doesn’t mean what it says (which is very plain), they believe the first part and throw away the best part. The last part of it is the “goal” you are trying to reach in their short lives. They believe they trained their children in the way they should go…but they did depart, and so they believe this is not a true statement. They are putting their human efforts before God’s Word.
Another thing is that if young parents can’t believe this means exactly what it says…they won’t try as hard. It is a travesty to twist a Scripture to the point that it discourages efforts of a young parent. Compare it to a basket-ball team… and the team thinks they can’t win the game. They are not going to play as hard as they would if they believed they could win. God lets us know the outcome of our efforts and it helped us tremendously in our efforts to train our children in the way they should go.
I’m so thankful that I read this Scripture way back before I had read “man’s explanation” of it. Please do not use someone’s family…and how their children turned out, to malign God’s Word. Proverbs 22:6 means just what it says even if our children do not remain faithful. God’s Word does not rely on us to prove how valid (or invalid) the Scripture is. If I didn’t believe that Proverbs 22:6 meant just what it says, then how could I believe Acts 2:38 and Mark 16:16?
One too-busy mom
One ‘Away From Home’ dad
Teen and pre-teen kids left to themselves for periods of time.
Lack of respect shown from one mate to the other so their influence on the children is totally ruined.
Go to the church meetings only when you “feel good” or it is convenient for you and your family.
Dish up enough time for the kids to spend hours on internet or in front of TV (optional)
All the toys you can buy for them, so they don’t have to use their imagination to play.
Just a tad of discipline, but not enough to upset the kids
Yield: Any one or more can be omitted and the result will be the same.
This recipe will be enough to wipe out the values from one to a dozen kids…and bring you a lifetime of grief.
©Edna L. Ingram
They are taking our very words away from us….They have taken the word liberal (as in a liberal giver) and made it into something bad…they have taken the word gay and made it into something God will not tolerate (Romans 1: 26-27) and now they have taken the word democratic (democrat) (democratic platform…and made it into something we can’t tolerate, unless we are pagans, perhaps. (Note: a pagan is one who does not know or follow Christ.)
Our children’s first grade teacher is 104 this month and she told me one time they were not going to take her words away from her. She is a Christian and was in our congregation for many years…until she moved into the next town. She used the word “gay” to mean what it always meant…like gay colors….and gay personality, etc. Our English language is changing every day. That is why we should be careful to not “blanket condemn” every new translation of the Bible that comes out without investigating. We don’t want people of today to be in the dark ages on what the Bible teaches, and have to have us older ones explain it to them what it means!
Abraham Lincoln, at the issuance of the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”
If Abraham Lincoln felt this way in 1863…wonder what he would think today. Even more important, wonder what God thinks?
Our babies are so precious;
And they are very sweet!
If we train them up right
Their Creator they will meet.
God gave us clear instructions
To train them up for Him;
We must not listen to the world
And give in to its whims.
Our children are too priceless
To neglect this great command;
We need to give them solid ground
So they can learn to stand!
©Edna L. Ingram. Written: 5/23/2015
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