Children As Arrows
Children As Arrows is a book about what parents need to be and do in order for them to bring up Christ-like children.
Our children can grow up to be effective disciples of Jesus Christ and be like arrows against the enemy by spreading the message of the kingdom of God or they can be weapons in the hands of the enemy being used against us and very cause of the gospel. More
Children As Arrows
The Word of God compares our children with arrows. Arrows are weapons. If we are to use today’s terms, we could read the above verse this way, “As a gun in the hands of a soldier, so are the children of one’s own youth. . .” Just like no careful soldier wants their weapons in the hands of the enemy, so should no believer want or let their children fall into the hands of the enemy, Satan.
Assume you are fighting someone and they have a weapon, say a gun. Wouldn’t you want to disarm them before fighting them? In the same way, if someone is fighting you, they would first want to disarm you and then proceed to fight you. In fact, if they themselves didn’t have any weapon, they could use your own weapon against you. Likewise, the first thing that the enemy of our souls and our families wants to do is disarm us, and if possible, use our weapons to attack us. Sadly, that’s exactly what Satan has been doing and succeeded in many cases. The devil would be very happy to grab, particularly, the children of believers and servants of the Lord, than from anyone else. If he did this to believers, he would have scored a great victory for himself.
How many parents’ hearts have been broken to see their children grow up to be disobedient or rebellious? Once they are teenagers or young adults, some part ways with the faith, morality, and spiritual lifestyle of their parents and go into the world. Some even get deeper into the ways of the world more than non-believers do. They seem to do it not only with a passion but also with hatred for the church and the religious ways of their parents. Others have gotten into drugs or dangerous relationships, and seem to do so with increased vigor. Most Christian parents would definitely want to see their children grow up in the Lord and keep the faith, but that is not happening as often as it should, and they seem helpless as they watch them choose a different path.
Most Christian parents say that it’s very important for their children to retain the same Christian faith they (the parents) have had. According to recent surveys, however, about 70% of believers’ children part ways with church life after the age of 18. A 2002 study done by the Southern Baptist Council on Family found that “88 percent of the children raised in evangelical homes leave church at the age of 18, never to return.” Another research done by Lifeway in 2007 reveals that “more than two-thirds of young adults who attend a Protestant church for at least a year in high school will stop attending church regularly for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22.” Concluding from these and other studies, John Trent, in his book, The Blessing, says,
Depending on which study you choose, anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of children who sit in a second-grade Sunday school class at church today won’t be attending any religious services or meetings when they reach their high-school years. In fact, they won’t be claiming any kind of growing faith at all.
Although children can make their own decisions to part ways with the moral ways of their parents, could there be some things that parents are not doing right or aren’t doing at all that are causing this effect on their children? I spent time praying and going through the Scriptures trying to see what the Word of God says about our children. I came up with this consistent fact: the children of believers are blessed. Consider the following passages:
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