Greetings fellow Christian parent.
Welcome to the Christian Parenting Center.
This website has been designed to provide you with Christian parenting resources that are practical, relevant, and easy to utilize.
In introducing this important subject, I recall that in a “Peanuts” comic strip, there was a conversation between Lucy and Charlie Brown.
Lucy said that life is like a deck chair: Some people place it so they can see where they are going; some place it so they can see where they have been; and some place it so they can see where they are at present.
Charlie Brown replied: “I can’t even get mine unfolded.”
That’s the way many Christian parents feel in their attempt to raise Christian children in a non-Christian world. No doubt about it. Christian parenting can be a challenge!
Not long ago I heard about a six-year-old boy named Arnie who one day stomped his foot and firmly declared to his parents, “We’re the only family that has to have goodness!” Yes, Christian parenting can be a challenge!
I read about another Christian parent who, like many of us, had a particularly difficult day with her child. She reflects:
My youngest son, Landon, and I frequently find our wills clashing. At the end of one particularly arduous day, when he was five years old, I found a note on my pillow that he had written with his limited spelling ability. “Dear Mommy, I luv you. I am sorry I wuz bad. From now on I will tri my best to be god.” Landon, of course, meant to say “good.”
Teaching our kids Christianly is one of the most serious responsibilities we have as parents. We cannot afford to fail here because we live a world that is not sympathetic to Christianity or to Christian values.
Howard Hendricks, one of my former Profs at Dallas Theological Seminary, once said, “We are surrounded by foreign, hostile, and home-shattering influences in our world today. The supportive elements of society no longer feed and shade us. The Christian home must blossom in a field of weeds” (See his book, Heaven Help the Home, p. 12.) I think Dr. Hendricks is right.
In teaching his students how to become effective Christian parents, Dr. Hendricks went on to say that we have to learn to navigate in the midst of a storm. This is not the ideal. It’s much better to learn to navigate in calm seas. But that’s no longer an option for us. Our society is an ever-worsening sea of turbulence. And learn to navigate we must! Otherwise, our children (along with us) sink!
I often compare the teaching and training of our children to passing a baton to them in a relay race. Passing the baton represents passing onto them the scriptural principles from the Bible they need in order to live a successful Christian life. That should be our goal as Christian parents.
Let us never forget the truth of Psalm 127:1: “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”
— Dr. Ron Rhodes