Because I said so, that’s why!
The bane of childhood. The “because I said so” card. My Mom played it…a lot. I promised I would never use it. Never. Ever. (I lied, by the way)
Yesterday, a friend offered me a link to a sermon by a pastor that she greatly enjoyed. I listened to all 20-ish minutes of it. (A sermon? That ain’t a sermon! 😉 Twenty minutes is just getting warmed up!!) 😀
Here’s what I heard: I heard a very entertaining speaker telling me his opinions about his topic. He was on target Biblically…most of the time…but he never told his people WHY he had his opinions. He never gave them the foundations that they needed to settle their opinions in.
Whether we’re talking about parenting or preaching, we MUST give our listeners a clear reason for the positions that we’re taking. Otherwise, what we are sharing becomes optional. Yes, our children should love us and honor us and do what we say. BUT we should love and honor them enough to direct them to the Word of God when we tell them to do something. (I’m not talking about every little directive we give our children all day long. “Because of Acts 20:11 & 12 NLT, you must go clean the bathroom!”) 😛
When our children are faced with decisions in life that require them to stand, having done all else, STAND – what will they stand on, if we have not offered them the line of life – the Word of our Lord? The world is getting darker and “Because I said so, that’s why!” and foundationless opinions aren’t going to serve them or ourselves ….and it certainly won’t transform our thinking. So, instead let’s train them with the Word of the Lord – He’s got more clout than we do anyway. 😉 “Because GOD said so, that’s why!” WILL stand up to the winds of life that desire to blow our children off course!