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The Hole In The Fence

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There's trouble in the land. No wide awake person will deny that! These upheavals have caused many parents to express apprehen­sion concerning the future of their children. That's understandable! When our children graduate and leave home, many of them also leave the church. Suddenly they are ex­posed to an environment hostile to Christ, and even to the basic princi­ples of morality. If a young person is not equipped to handle this, expect trouble.

Unfortunately, at a time when families should be doing everything within their power to "beef-up" their spiritual defenses and intensify their fight against Satan, many are permit­ting a safeguard to be torn down. Neglect of Sunday evening services, absence from gospel meetings, and failure to encourage children to be­come involved in church-centered activities are some of the more obvi­ous evidences of this foolish neglect. Parents need to get their priorities straight. Those of us who preach seldom have the courage to remind weeping parents that they have caused the problem, but when dads and moms begin crying over what has happened to their kids, they re­ally should be reminded of the days when they chose camping instead of church, weekend trips or night recre­ation instead of Sunday night or Gospel Meeting inspiration.

It only takes one hole in the fence to let the sheep out. It's amazing how prolific some people are at inventing new excuses to rationalize their ha­bitual neglect. I would much prefer a person to be honest enough to say, "I just don't want to go to church" than to forever blame job, health, grand­ma, or the baby. Why cover up the facts? That only adds to sin!

Parents, give your kids a break! Put first things first! Let nothing interfere with the church and regular church attendance. Be sure they are deeply involved with other church kids. Then, after they've gone from home with all your good training, by that time, with the many years of putting spiritual things first, you'll be so happy to keep it up, you will make spiritual things a lifetime policy.

"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised); And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works" (Hebrews 10:23-24). -via sister Darla Buntin

 

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