The headlines have been scrolling on my Facebook feed over the recent choice of the Girl Scouts to allow boys who dress as girls to attend their meetings and become part of the program. (Link) Even before this, the Girls Scouts have had a connection with Planned Parenthood, the organization murdering thousands of innocent children every week. The politics of the world, along with the world’s absence of morals have entered one of the strongest (at least for now) organizations to assist young women in developing skills and become confident during their maturity.
The Girl Scouts are not the only organization with a focus on young people who have had their share of issues. The Boy Scouts have bowed to the hand of political correctness over the past few years. (Link) Their behavior is consistent with an organization founded by mere men and now being run by a leadership who would rather be liked than be right.
As hundreds of people become angered by the recent decisions of the Girl Scouts and the decisions of the Boy Scouts, maybe it is time the church focus on the opportunity before them.
As Christians, we believe the Bible provides us all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1.3). This Holy Book gives us the guidelines we need to stay transformed by the power of God and to avoid being conformed to the world (Romans 12.1-2). If we will open the sacred text, we will see there is a better way to teach our children than depending on human organizations seeking political gain. Searching the pages, you will find Paul’s instructions to Titus,
“Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.” (Titus 2.3-6; ESV)
It is time our older men and older women rise up and become teachers to our young people in the aspects Paul’s gives to Titus. It is not the world’s responsibility to teach our children; it is their parents, their grandparents and the men and women of our congregations. We need the men and women of the church to rise up and get to teaching. Complaining about the world does no one any good.
Remember, our young people will learn from somewhere. If the church refuses to teach them, the world will.
Start today and get your young people together with those older and let the teaching of experience begin. Here are some easy ways to start:
- Take the young people to the homes of those married over 50 years and let them hear of the commitment it takes and the blessings that a couple can have each year.
- Let the young women sit at the feet of the older women and let them share with them that changes that have taken place in homes over the past 60 years. (We need to be reminded of the history.)
- Let the young men sit at the feet of the older men and hear what responsibility is and how each one of them has a responsibility to fulfill.
- Have the young people serve the older people at an appreciation banquet.
- Have your young people sit with the older people during services.
Begin today and leave our young people with the teaching they truly need.
Just some thoughts,