i don’t intend to make this a weekly habit. not planning on sharing post sermon thoughts every week but will do so when i say something or omit something that i want to elaborate on.
yesterday, continued teaching on exodus 34 and the juxtaposition of god’s compassion and the announcement of punishment for sins for parents and their children to the third and fourth generation. i wanted to elaborate on my thoughts that i shared about the importance of shaping ‘worldview’ of our children and how the early years are so important.
as a father of three, i know that parenting is complex. i didn’t want parent and parents to be at quest (we’ve had about 10 babies born in the past 5-6 months) to feel like i was trivializing the tension they must feel as they make decisions about their families. nor did i want to offend the feminists of quest (i refer to them as such with respect).
my proposal: supporting and raising families are getting tougher. dual incomes no longer seem to be an option but a way of life and that simply perturbs the life out of me. in the early years of a child(ren)’s life, i believe parents ought to seriously consider one PARENT staying home to raise the child rather than daycares, babysitters, or even extended families. EDIT: I’m not downplaying the health and viability of integrating other options but the importance of parents playing the PRIMARY role and not secondary roles to some of the options I listed earlier. finances and income is obviously a legitimate concern but while we so easily justify taking on debt to obtain degrees and training – college, grad, seminary, etc. – i just think that parents shouldn’t feel so bad about debt in order to make the investment of the early year(s) of their children. this is the choice that my wife and i have made. we’re not espousing reckless accrument of debt, but wise and prayerful investments. there is nothing more significant that raising, nurturing, and shaping the lives of our children – so that they shape the lives of their children and add to the global community for the honor of God’s glory.
again, this is not to elevate the guilt level of parents who have chosen to continue working. not at all. please pray, think, wrestle, and ultimately, may you FOLLOW your convictions and simultaneously, not be consumed entirely by your circumstances.
for those from our quest church community, we’ll have some of the se asia vision team sharing their stories this upcoming sunday and i’ll finally wrap up exodus on september 24. we’ll take a break before we get into delicious leviticus.