We are living in a very precarious time in our country’s history. I continually hear people decry how our country is changing so rapidly. Many are concerned over the moral decline that evident all around us. Why is this happening and what does it mean for Christian parents, church leaders and educators?
When studying the Scriptures, we find that this is not the first time in human history that conditions like we are seeing today have taken place. Evil was running rampant when God brought universal judgment on the earth in the form of a flood. Conditions were so bad that God spared a mere eight people from His terrible judgement. We know that God spared Noah and his family because they were living righteous lives in the midst of a debased culture.
In Genesis 18 and 19 we find another occurrence when sin became so horrific that God brought swift destruction on two cities. Most of us are familiar with the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. However, God did a very interesting thing before bringing doom on these wicked cities. He chose to tell Abraham what He was about to do (Genesis 18:17). But why did God tell Abraham about the coming destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
God gives us keen insight into His heart’s desire for Abraham and his family in Genesis 18:19. In the NIV it reads,
For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what He has promised him.
In the New Living Translation it reads,
I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Then I will do for Abraham all that I have promised him.
Finally, Eugene Peterson paraphrases this verse in the Message this way.
Yes, I’ve settled on him as the one to train his children and future family to observe God’s way of life, live kindly and generously and fairly, so that God can complete in Abraham what He promised him.
Abraham was one of God’s children and God had promised to make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation. However, God also knew the wickedness of the hearts of sinful men. By telling Abraham about His coming judgement on these wicked cities, He was preparing him to raise his children and grandchildren in the ways of the Lord. One commentator explains it this way. God explained the judgment that was about to come on Sodom so that Abraham would train his household to avoid the sins of this doomed city. By educating his children to live righteous and just lives, Abraham would experience the fulfillment of God’s promises for him and his descendants.
I am thankful that God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and this means that not only is His character unchanging but also His ways and purposes are immutable. That means that God wants you and me to experience the fulfillment of all His promises that He has given to His children. In Peter’s second epistle we are told that
He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature…(2 Peter 1:4)
As I look around at today’s secular, anti-Christian culture, I, too, find myself very concerned. I am not so concerned about my life but the lives of my children and grandchildren. There are signs of God’s judgement on a very sinful world all around us. Even though I am concerned, I also take hope in the fact that I can learn from what is happening in the world and it is a reminder to me to be more intentional in how I continue to educate my children and, now, my grandchildren.
It is time for Christian parents, church leaders and teachers to realize that God has given us our children as precious gifts. With these gifts comes a great stewardship responsibility to educate them biblically. I believe that, in Scripture, God showed us what happens when a society completely forgets Him as was the case with Sodom and Gomorrah. God wants the same thing from us as He wanted from Abraham back then.
Yes, I’ve settled on [them] as the [ones] to train their children and future families to observe God’s way of life, to live kindly and generously and fairly. so that God can complete in [us] all that He has promised [us].
It is time for the home, church and school to unite together and train the next generation to live godly lives and avoid the sins of this doomed city. So, as we witness what is taking place in the world around us, the question remains, Are We Learning Anything? We must act quickly as time is running out. What are your thoughts?