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In his July 2020 newsletter, Dr. James Dobson writes about division in our country and describes two different Americas. One defined by noble characteristics and things we all love about our country. And the “other America,” which Dobson describes as:
“…driven by a popular culture that represents evil personified. It hates the spiritual foundation that made her the greatest nation on earth. Its proponents deny the existence of God and bristle at the name of Jesus. They have made this country the pornography capital of the world and built its financial empire on perversion, pedophilia, profanity, infidelity, sexual enslavement, illegal drugs, lawlessness, gambling, power mongering, dishonesty, greed, hatred, racism, and violence. This moral degeneracy has resulted in shattered families, public schools that are corrupting our young, and seething hostility to the institution of marriage. God’s holy name has been reduced to a sacrilege. A centerpiece of this evil world is the abortion industry which has murdered 60 million babies whom the Creator was knitting together in their mothers’ wombs. Their blood calls out to the Creator from the ground in which they lie.”
(Dr. James Dobson, July 2020, for Dr. James Dobson’s FamilyTalk
Read that paragraph again and let it sink in.
Are you overwhelmed? Frightened? Grieved? Thankfully, because we know God is in control and has a plan, we have nothing to fear. Part of that plan is for us as parents to raise our children to be champions for Christ and to actively stand against the evil in our world. That sounds great, but what does that mean for us practically on a daily basis?
It means studying our children to know what their God-given strengths are, prayerfully seeking God’s will for their lives and encouraging them to use their gifts for the sake of the Kingdom. Perhaps you have a preschooler who proclaims, “That’s NOT fair!” twenty times a day. Are there ways you can help your child harness that desire for justice and use it in a Godly way? Take some time today to pray about the future God has planned for each of your children and ask how He can use you to train them in the way that they should go.
We must also model for our children what it means to walk with the Lord, what it looks like to repent of our sin and seek forgiveness. Be sure to continue reading the rest of Dr. Dobson’s July newsletter to find out how prayer, humility and repentance can change the course of our country.