Today’s Scrip-Bit 21 June 2009 Ephesians 6:4‏


Ephesians 6:4     And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 Well a happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful, God abiding fathers out there. Yes my Friends, another day for celebrating the patriarch of the family is here. Sadly though, that unit of society called the family has seriously waned in its authoritativeness and responsibility. Once upon a time it was the most important aspect of our society, after God that is, with a father at its helm. The father figure was symbolic of discipline, breadwinning and godliness, though the mother usually did most of the latter. However, with the tragic decline of godliness in our world, and the ups and downs of our economic system, that symbolic relationship has also deteriorated, to the stage where an abnormally high percentage of children are growing up without fathers, or fathers who set very poor examples. Too many mothers have to play the dual role of mother and father, and though most sincerely try, it’s just not the same without the presence of a strong, sensible, god-fearing father. Let’s stop for a moment and make one thing very clear my people: the most important section of our society are the children, for they are the next generation, the ones who will carry on our legacy, whatever that may be. Children learn what they see, possibly more than what they are taught. So you can’t teach one thing, then do something else, cause in most cases they will react to and copy your behaviour more than your words. The saying do as I say, not as I do, doesn’t always work. That means we have to practice what we preach. So what’s Bruh Paul saying when he exhorts us; ‘ye fathers provoke not your children to wrath.’ He’s saying that fathers ought not to do things which can cause serious negative reactions in our children, although with the awful state of our society, that can be a simple no to a simple request. However, he’s talking more about things like unfairness, cruelty, severe anger, ridicule, oppression and abuse of authority. Many of us fathers are guilty of the last one, wrongly thinking that because we’re the head we can do as we please. We have both a moral and law based responsibility to protect and nurture, not to abuse. That brings us to the second part of Bruh Paul’s statement; ‘bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.’ We’re to raise them on the teachings of the Lord, with the help of the Lord. That has been built into the faith from day one, when the Lord commanded Moses to instruct His people Israel: ‘And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.’ (Deut.6:6-7) My people, we were specifically commanded to diligently teach our children God’s law; diligently, not wishy-washy, and to practice it ourselves so that they could see and emulate us. It was even considered so important that Moses reiterated it again in Deut.11:18-20) But unfortunately, too few of us pay heed to that nowadays, in a society where God has been relegated to little more than a figure head, somebody we run to and cry for help in desperate times. Consequently, a whole host of children and young people, raised with and without fathers, are lost, sadly taken in and deceived by the evil, lustful, fleshly wiles of Lucifer and his gaudy, pretty looking, but useless baubles. With little or no ‘broughtupcy,’ they’ve become selfish, egotistic, indolent, without manners, some don’t even know the word, no respect for authority, for themselves or for others. Note too the predominance of gangs in the modern society, which experts claim is a result of a lack of proper nurturing and guidance at home. Now there’s some credence to that, but Sol’s words also ring true: ‘Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ (Prov.22:6) I’m sure most of us heard that when we were growing up and that’s greatly responsible for why we’re believers today. If we train our children in a righteous, godly manner from the very beginning, most times they will end up on the right path. Even when they succumb to Lucifer’s lies and enticements, they usually turn back to God on realizing their mistake. Oh Friends, as I keep saying, the foundation is always the most important part of any building, whether it’s of lives or a physical structure, meaning that we need to give our children a solid foundation in Christ right at the start of their lives. From the very first day, read the Word to them, pray over them, sing hymns, psalms and spiritual songs to them. They might not understand it all, but I can assure you that through an osmosis-like reaction, it will seep into their subconscious, making it much easier later on to lead and guide them aright. This might not be a happy Father’s Day Bit nuh, cause I’m still seeing too many fatherless and unsupported fatherless children. What can we expect from an economically deprived fatherless child eh? Mostly negative reactions to society. So all you young men out there who foolishly consider yourselves studs, God’s gift to women, and go around impregnating the naive, irresponsible women with the wrong idea of what it really means to be a woman, please stop and take stock of yourselves. Think about the children you’re siring and what will become of them. They will probably turn out even worse than you, especially with the rough economic times we’re currently facing. And for those of you who can afford to support your children but don’t, please, I beg you, please start supporting them. You have no idea how crucial economic support is to their well-being. I’m tired seeing men who haven’t provided a cent of support to their children, beat their chest and boast about their progeny, when against the odds, they grow up successfully. Oh my people, please remember, the children of today are the adults of tomorrow, and their behaviour will be determined by our teachings and the examples we’ve set them. And right now Friends, the outlook doesn’t seem very encouraging, and we only have ourselves to blame. But we’ll have to continue this tomorrow, because it’s a pet peeve of mine, and there’s also more scripture to quote. Oh be quiet mih children! (smile) They’ve heard me spew on it often enough, but I can’t overestimate the importance of raising our children right, for if we don’t, our world will be an even, bleaker, more evil and violent place than it is now. Till tomorrow then, God willing. Much LOVE!…to help them find their way…teach the children to pray…right from the first day…


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