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Morality in America

Morality in America

When studying the founding of the United States, you can’t help but encounter the faith of the nation’s forefathers. Time and again they recognized God’s hand in the shaping of America. You will find Him repeatedly mentioned in their words and documents. And you will find Him having an active, vibrant role in the country’s early history.

Today, God continues His work in America – but it’s in a nation that has clearly lost its moral compass. Every week, “Morality in America” will address the myriad of moral concerns facing the United States and undermining its Godly heritage.  After you read, remember to intercede in prayer for America – that this nation will return to the Christian standards that once defined it.

The Joy Of Parenthood

MoralityInAmericaChildren are a gift from God…period

By Nikolas Grosfield

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.” (Psalm 127:3-5)

If you have children—young or grown—where do they rank on your list of priorities? This is not the list that asks if you would take a bullet for them. This list wonders if you get frustrated when your kids interrupt you, if you yell at them when they spill or break something, if you bitterly tell their habits to your friends, if you stay at the office (or in bed) late in order to avoid being around them, if you initiate prayers, talks, or games with them, or if you got angry at them today without really trying to understand their world.

If your hand went up for any of those, thanks for joining me. On the other hand, do you ever take the opposite course from those listed above? How thrilling to be the reason your son or daughter lights up—simply because your love for him or her was obvious and intentional!

Joanne Young thinks such enjoyment of one’s children, especially babies in utero, is fading. A former medical photographer, she wrote a book called Growing with Grace, in which Young describes the fetal existence of an unborn child from the child’s perspective. Baby Grace is not perfect, but is eager to “meet my mother.”

Young opines that people who want perfect lives often consider kids to be an inconvenience. She says it gets worse with pregnancies, and worse yet when a child has a genetic disorder. People do not want to deal with such issues. One horrific example came in March 2012 when a couple from Portland, Oregon, won $2.9 million in a “wrongful birth” lawsuit. They would have aborted their four-year-old daughter had they known she had Down Syndrome, even though they say they love her “very, very much.”

Job said truth, not circumstances, should guide one’s life: “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10) Put differently, is only a healthy, obedient, successful child a blessing from God? Psalm 127 provides no such exceptions. This is not to say that dealing with sick, insolent, or foolish children is at all easy. But parents can always cling to God’s promises.

Christians are God’s “children” (Romans 8:16). God loves and helps them whether they look and act good or not. As a famous children’s hymn attests, “Jesus loves me when I’m good, when I do the things I should. Jesus loves me when I’m bad, though it makes Him very sad.” Jesus Himself said, “I am with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)

Perhaps at the root of all this is Jesus’ command to His disciples to “receive the kingdom of God like a child.” (Mark 10:15) When children sin, they accept forgiveness so readily. When they are loved, they soak it up so completely. If adults fail to respond to God this way, they may not bless their children this way, either. If God bores them, parenting might bore them, too.

But intentional parenting can bear great fruit. Last week, Focus on the Family aired a story about a man in his sixties who invited his estranged sons out for coffee. They broke into tears when he apologized for hurting their relationship. Parents can positively influence their children, from the womb to the grave, if they reach out to them with joy.

Please ask God to protect and strengthen families across America. Ask Him to remind parents of the joy and responsibility they have in raising their kids. Pray against cultural and legal trends to undermine the nuclear family. And cry out for families that have hurting individuals and strained relationships. Their need for God is incredible, but His compassion and sustenance are endless.

Nikolas Grosfield is a writer and rancher. He has written more than 120 articles for a variety of media outlets, lived five years in the Middle East and East Africa, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Cedarville University. A proud Montanan, Nik is a child of God, husband of Elsbeth, and father of Oliver.




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