The Homefront

Read: Luke 10:38-42

There has been a lot of discussions recently on how to make our culture a safer, friendlier, and more loving place to be. In the political world there has been many ideas both good and bad thrown around about how to achieve this.

Yet it seems like we hear very little discussion about what is happening on the homefront in today’s America. Perhaps the best place to begin with change is in the home where children are raised and taught (or not taught) the values, morals, and important things in life.

It made me think of this passage in Luke 10 where Mary and Martha are visited in their home by Jesus himself. Martha is so busy doing things that it says she became distracted. Mary is doing what “is better” Jesus says. She is focusing on Jesus instead of all the other busy type of things.

Perhaps we have got so busy that we have neglected to teach our children the “better” things of life that will truly help them as they grow older. Faith in Christ, morals, values, all of those things are invaluable assets to have as children get older and face the challenges of this world.

It reminds me of the story of what happened one Sunday after a Child Dedication service. As a young family was driving away from church after the dedication of their baby, little Johnny, the older brother, cried all the way home in the back seat of the car. His mother asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “The pastor said he wanted us to be brought up in a Christian home… but I want to stay with you guys!”

In Proverbs 5:1-2 it says, “My Son, pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.” But first and foremost parents, we need to be sharing that wisdom, giving those words of insight, and helping our children know what it means to be cherished, valued, and loved unconditionally.

Parenting is a tough job, but we don’t have to be perfect. We just need to lead our homes in ways that honor Christ, and lead our children down the path of righteousness. In the long run it will be up to our children to make their own decisions, but let’s do all we can now while they are on the homefront.

Make it personal: Maybe we need to be more like Mary and set aside our busyness to focus on the things that are truly the most important. In the long run those are the things that will make our world a safer, friendlier, and more loving place to live.

May the Lord Bless your Home,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church