In a recent article by Dr. Al Mohler, he addresses the issue of modern day children ruling the roost. In my short years as an adult and parent, I have noticed the extreme lack of discipline in children throughout our society. To the modern day child, teachers are not authorities, police officers are the bad guys and parents are brutal enforcers that are standing in the way of personal development.
Scripture teaches us the exact opposite of what modern society teaches:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
And of course the commandment as given to Moses:
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.
This verse is echoed several times throughout scripture.
You can find Dr. Mohler's article on his blog:
Let us follow the example of King David:
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
But perhaps the bigger issue is not the children. Maybe the problem is that modern parents cannot lead their children to a place that they themselves have never been.
Lord, let your people gather their children and instruct each child to listen as parents teach them to fear You.
Until He Returns,