Raising Children In A Greenhouse

June 30, 2012

Raising Children in a Greenhouse

            Parents who take seriously the education of their children are often criticized by people of the world.  Sometimes they say they are raising their children in a green house.  Wise parents aren’t intimidated by criticism.  For them, the well being of their children is more important than the approval of those around them.  After all, plants do grow well in a green house, don’t they?  A good Christian home should be a green house for our children.

It would be impossible, and really it isn’t necessary, to isolate our children completely from the world.  They need to learn to live in this world and therefore they need to know what it’s like.  That doesn’t mean we need to deliberately expose them to its bad influence. To a certain extent, they need the sheltered environment provided by the green house.

Good character starts with good teaching.  We need to teach our children to respect moral values to the extent that immorality will be repugnant to them.  We should teach them to cloth their bodies with modesty and not abuse their bodies with drugs, tobacco and alcoholic beverages.  We also need to teach them to speak the truth and to do so without profanity.  Ephesians 6:4 says that children should be brought up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

We can’t take our children out in public without exposing them to some of the wicked influences of the world.  They are going to see women and girls dressed immodestly, hear profanity in the music, and people speaking with a filthy tongue.  They need to be taught beforehand the proper way to react to those things.  They can’t help but see what young eyes shouldn’t see, but they don’t need to let their eyes dwell on it.  They can’t help but hear profanity, but they don’t need to repeat it.

There are steps that parents need to take to guard their children from unnecessary exposure to the bad influence of the world.  If you can’t keep a tight control over your television, it might be best to get rid of it.  The same goes for the radio.  In some homes even small children have a television or radio in their room where they are free to watch and hear what they want to.  Children shouldn’t be allowed to have a television or radio in their room unless they are mature enough to control it.

When children go to a public school their parents have no control over what they are exposed to or taught.  There are two options that parents have.  Some can send their children to a Christian school where they will be in a protected environment.  Even there, there are often children from unchristian homes that can have a bad influence over the good children.  Another problem is that it costs money, but it’s an investment in your child’s well being.  Another option is to keep them in the sheltered environment of your own green house.  Thousands of parents have gone to home schooling with good success.  Their children get a superior education in an environment controlled by their parents.  The negative to this is that it’s a sacrifice in money and much time.  Again, the well being of your child is worth the sacrifice.

Parents who make sacrifices for the well being and education of their children are almost certain to receive some criticism from those around them.  They think that such parents are withholding from their children the benefits that professionally trained teachers can offer them.  In nearly every case, however, parents are capable of bringing their children to their own level of education. Parents can increase their education to give their children further education.  Many times home schooled children end up being college graduates.

The education of children is the responsibility of their parents.  We learn this from the following verses of Scripture.  Proverbs 5:7  “Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.” Proverbs 22:6  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”  Ephesians 6:4  “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  When we come to the end of our days we will be blessed by our children if we have trained them right.  Proverbs 31:28 says of the godly mother that “her children arise and call her blessed.”  The most precious treasure we can leave behind will be our children, especially if they are righteous and children of God.  I assure you, you won’t have any regrets for having brought up your children in a green house.

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