The more you know Scripture, the more likely that you will have a long and peaceful life.
As a whole, Christian parents, specifically men, seem to have dropped the ball when it comes to overseeing their children’s learning of Scripture. Consider Deuteronomy 6:6-9:
And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Always remember that God placed on the fathers—NOT on the local church—the responsibility to teach children the things of God.
My daughter, 26, who is a Christian, wants to get engaged to a non-Christian. She says she loves him and feels God wants her to marry him so she can change him. She points out the fact that I was a nonbeliever when her mother married me. What should I tell her?
You should have taught her a great deal of Scripture and, unfortunately, long before now. She should know, in no uncertain terms, that Christians are commanded to be equally yoked.
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? —2 Corinthians 6:14:
Quite frankly, she should not have even allowed herself to become involved with a non-Christian in the first place. This is a very basic scriptural principle that every parent should teach their children at an early age.
She should also know that it is not good to make decisions on feelings alone, especially when the “feeling” contradicts Scripture. There are many, many unequally yoked marriages today with heart-wrenching stories about problems they encounter daily because one is not a Christian. Yet they all believed that they would be the exception and change their spouse.
If she’ll listen to you, tell her to stop the relationship because the Bible says she can’t be involved with a non-Christian. She then could change the relationship to one of witnessing, bringing along several Christians in every situation where she’s involved with him, and pray for God to work a miracle in his life. Then, if he trusts Christ’s shed blood and matures in his faith enough to lead her spiritually, you can give your blessing on their marriage.
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