Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
Christians spend a lot of time working toward political change, whether through issue advocacy or electing certain candidates.
Christians also spend a lot of time trying to “redeem the culture”, through social programs and events or creating more wholesome media, music, etc.
All of these are well-intentioned attempts to lead people and society toward God. The cost, time, and energy required for these endeavors are enormous and success (however that is measured) is often slow or negligible. After all, non-believers don’t like their sin being taken away or their ungodly worldview challenged.
There is a more effective (though not easier) way to move people and society toward God and it comes from Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” One could say that the most important thing is not what takes place on the news but what takes place in the home.
This Father’s Day Weekend on The Christian Worldview, we will discuss the what and how of doing this, in light of a classic sermon series called God’s Pattern for Parents by Pastor John MacArthur that aired this week on the Grace to You radio broadcast.