Summary: Numerous children do not have a Dad in the home. Moms and Grandmas need to take the lead in teaching the children about Jesus.
Hilary Clinton Was Wrong
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Welcome to all of the mothers and grandmothers!
Today’s story is about a little 7-year-old girl named Kathy. She lived with her mother and a stepfather who seldom went to church. However, Kathy had a Grandma who did go to church. This Grandmother loved Kathy very much, but she didn’t want to cause any trouble with her daughter and son-in-law. Therefore, she never talked about Jesus when Kathy came to visit. Oh, she did everything she could to spoil Kathy as most grandmothers do. She bought her clothes and toys. She baked cookies with Kathy when she came to visit. This Grandmother was all you would expect her to be.
More of that story a little later!
In January 1996, Hillary Clinton went on a 10-city book tour...
and made television appearances to promote the book,
It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us.
The theme of Hillary’s book is that children are raised...
not just by their parents,
but also by all of the other people in the society around them.
According to Hillary, all the components of that society
the schools and the government, but the businesses too --
have an obligation to consider their impact on children.
Hillary Clinton says, "It takes a village to raise a child"
That is not true
The truth is, it takes godly parents to raise a child
Today, more than ever in history,
people other than parents are raising their children
Because of the cost of living and the amount of low paying jobs...
it has become almost impossible for a family to survive...
without both parents being at work full time
Because of this,
most parents are forced to start their children in daycare
almost from birth
The result is that the village (or society) is raising the children,
rather than parents
Someone might say, "Well what is the harm in that?"
The danger is what our children are being taught by the village:
They are being taught
#1 Morality is relative.
They say things like, "Truth is relative to what you believe"
Their motto: "If it feels good, do it!"
This is he most dangerous problem facing our kids today
The idea that there is no absolute ’right and wrong’
2. Humanism in Education
Humanism teaches that man is not made in the image of God.
God doesn’t exist.
In grade school kids are taught that they descended from apes
And then we wonder why they act like it!
God’s Word assures us we CREATED in the IMAGE OF GOD!
But this is not what’s being taught in the ’village’
#3 Heathenism by society
Sexual sin, perversion, abortion, greed and lust..
are way more common to the eyes of our children...
than proper behavior, manners, ethics or morality
Our society glorifies sin
If you don’t believe me just watch television
In times past television shows were forbidden
to show husband and wife characters sleeping in the same bed
Now, kids see all kinds of sexual activity on TV.
So, is it really best that the ’village’ raise the children?
Yes, Daycare centers are going to be necessary,
and the cost of living is not going down anytime soon.
But this does not take away from our responsibility!
What is needed is godly mothers and grandmothers
who will stand and say,
"This is right, because the Bible says it!"
In our Bible text today, we see 2 examples of godly mothers.
Lois and Eunice are the mother and grandmother of Timothy
Let me give you a little background:
Timothy was a young minister of the Gospel.
He was a student of the Apostle Paul.
He served with Paul on some of his missionary journeys.
He was Paul’s representative to churches.
He also served as the pastor of the church at Ephesus.
In his second letter to Timothy,
Paul gives insight into the root of Timothy’s faith.
He says that it first "dwelt in his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice"
This gives insight into the role of a godly mother and grandmother