This post is for parents that are struggling with minor children who have been or are beginning to become rebellious and distant. In this two part series I’ll address a typical Christian family that has done all that they could to raise their child properly yet the child decides to turn away from God and everything the family believes in. This post is an accumulation of events and experiences that have affected not only myself but also close family friends of mine.
Raising children will probably be one of the most important things we will do as parents. We have a great responsibility in influencing the lives of our children for the positive or the negative.
Raising children will probably be one of the most important things we will do as parents. (TWEET THIS)
Moreover, as Christian parents we have an even greater role in that we understand how great a responsibility we have in affecting our children’s souls as well. This is why we take the necessary steps to teach them and expose them the Gods word early in life.
We are sure to read the Bible to them and have devotions. We make Sunday school and church attendance a priority. We discipline, train and guide them all the while pointing them back to the Holy Scripture.
Nevertheless, after all of that sometimes your child decides to turn away from God.
You have raised this young person doing everything that you knew to do yet as they enter into adolescence, they began to pull away and head in a dangerous direction toward sin and desolation.
You have prayed and you have admonished them yet they continued on their course of action until they have finally done something irreparable.
You raised the child in the church.
You knelt and prayed with this child before bed.
You believe that you’ve done all that was possible to put him or her on the right track yet they’ve gone and done something that changes the course of their future and places their soul in great jeopardy of eternal damnation.
Their actions have isolated them from God and their families. What they have done has hurt the family so deeply that they may fear the wounds will never mend.
This is the child we call the prodigal child.
Not all prodigals physically leave the home, however in their hearts they have already run far away from you and from God.
You can have a prodigal child living within the walls of your home wreaking havoc. This child is rebellious and despondent. They may not be outwardly aggressive and hostile because not all rebelliousness shows its self in the same manner. Some rebelliousness is quiet and sinister. The child is quiet and seemingly compliant. They smile and say, “Yes mom and dad” to your rules but on the inside they are shouting “NO I WILL NOT”. Then the day comes. You have told them all of the dangers of sin yet instead of saying “NO I WILL NOT” to the sin, they say “YES I WILL”.
That single statement, YES I WILL – has opened a door that will remain open forever. The sin can never be forgotten. As the memory of the sin remains for Adam and Eve – having eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil – the sin(s) that prodigal children have said yes to will remain with them in this life.
Now that we have taken a look at what a Prodigal child at home looks like, in part two of the series I’ll talk to about what to do as parents or a Prodigal child.