This was an eye opening realization that my son is getting older, in school, and susceptible to the things of this world. It is certainly inevitable that my son’s innocence will be lost as he is exposed to these things (and more to come). I can't always be there to protect him from these things...but what can I do? I can help him understand Christ's ways vs. the world’s ways. We as Christians are called to be in the world but not part of it. As a father and parent I need to help my children to understand what is worldly and what Christ is, and demonstrate it in my own life. This is the process of sanctification, or being made Holy. I have heard it as the process of removing the world from our lives. Not to fear the world but overcome. I can also allow my kids to fail, and make mistakes. After all, these mistakes, sins, and circumstances make up our stories. This allows us to share God’s love and grace with others. I am also responsible to teach them about grace. That when they do fail (fall to the dark side) that God will ALWAYS be there for them (and me too). I hope that my family (me, my wife and boys) can demonstrate grace in our own lives.
This episode also helps me to take a look at myself and understand how God must feel as I have given/ still give into worldly things. How I must hurt my Father as my innocence was lost and how susceptible I am when I am not living "in Him". It makes sense why we need to be born again in Christ. Not that we can or ever will live perfect lives, but we can “sanctify” as we grow closer to God.
Satan is out there seeking to devourer, kill and destroy and he is not above taking out the most innocent, like a baby gazelle at the last of the pack.
Lord help me as I raise these boys and family. Help me to sanctify myself so I can be a better model for them.
1 Timothy 6: 11-12
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses