Să citim iar lunea:
C. S. Lewis despre prietenie. Vezi întreg articolul AICI.
In The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis writes, “Friendship (as the ancients saw) can be a school of virtue; but also (as they did not see) a school of vice. It is ambivalent. It makes good men better and bad men worse.”
In the whole of your life as you now remember it, has the desire to be on the right side of that invisible line ever prompted you to any act or word on which, in the cold small hours of a wakeful night, you can look back with satisfaction? If so, your case is more fortunate than most.
Your rebellious child’s real problem is not drugs or sex or cigarettes or porn or laziness or crime or cussing or slovenliness or homosexuality or being in a punk band. The real problem is that your child doesn’t see Jesus clearly. The best thing you can do for rebellious children—and the only reason to follow any of these suggestions—is to show them Christ. It won’t be simple or immediate, but the sins in their life that distress you and destroy them will begin to disappear only when they see Jesus more as He actually is.
This can’t be stressed enough. It’s the whole point. No strategy for reaching your son or daughter will have any lasting effect if the underlying goal isn’t to help them know Jesus.
The goal is not that they will be good kids again. It’s not that they’ll get their hair cut and start taking showers; it’s not that they’ll like classical music instead of deathcore; it’s not that they’ll vote conservative again by the next election. The goal is not for you to stop being embarrassed at your weekly Bible study or even for you to be able to sleep at night, knowing they’re not going to hell.
The only ultimate reason to pray for them, welcome them, plead with them, eat with them, or take an interest in their interests is so that their eyes will be opened to Jesus Christ.
And not only is He the only point, but He’s the only hope. When they see the wonder of Jesus, satisfaction will be redefined. He Himself will replace the money, or the praise of man, or the high, or the sex that they are staking their eternities on right now. Only His grace can draw them from their perilous pursuits and bind them safely to Him—captive, but satisfied.
Tot în aceeași tematică, un alt articol.
Din nou despre Homeschooling. Vezi AICI.
Abuz în biserică? Presa religioasă americană explodează iar în urma unor scandaluri de abuz sexual față de copii. Lucrurile sînt publice, cu implicații juridice, apărute în presă. Trist, jenant, vorba poetului Ioan F. Pop, provocarea cea mai mare a creștinismului în acest veac este … mai este oare posibil?
Din păcate în ultima vreme auzim de pastori care au căzut, s-au compromis, și-au făcut de rîs familiile și au întinat lucrarea, au înjosit Numele Domnului. Cum este regulamentar să se pocăiască un pastor? Iată AICI un articol interesant.
Ceva de sănătate: Cum combinăm alimentele? dacă după toată chestiunea de mai sus nu vă este greață.