Who’s Raising Our Kids?

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

(Proverbs 22:6 – ESV)


There is no question we have some of the greatest parents for our children here at Logan Martin. I hear complaints all the time from others who spend time working with young people about the state of the parents at the congregations for which they work. I can say, honestly, that our parents are all top-notch. The responsibility of raising children is not easy; today’s society makes the responsibility even harder. There is no question there are more distractions for young people today than ever before, but the command of God has not changed regarding the raising of children. The article below is written by a friend of mine, Neil Richey, who is the minister for the Piedmont Road church of Christ. The article is very thought-provoking.


A cultural critic by the name of Michael Medved said that by the time a child graduates from high school, he has spent “vastly more time on TV than in all the classrooms [he’s] ever entered.” He goes on to make the point that we should care more about our kids being good than just looking good. He said that television hinders this, and it’s a huge problem with America’s children because it teaches “that the biggest crime is not being immoral, but being unattractive.”

The times have changed. Culture has changed. Technology has changed. Today’s kids are not just addicted to television, but now the internet, games, texting, email, social media, and more. They have easy access to such things through devices like internet-ready gaming systems, iPods, tablets, and smartphones. An increasing number of our little ones are carrying smartphones. Hard to believe. My wife recently told a class of sixth graders that she was married before having her first cell phone–they couldn’t believe it.

While I certainly am not anti-television, technology, and the like, I am however concerned about who and what is rearing our children. When a young person can tell me more about the latest fashion trend, the newest gadget, who’s sexually active with whom on their favorite sitcom, but can tell me very little about the Word of God, much less tell what Jesus did for them and how they intend to live for Him, then “Houston, we have a problem!”

This is where parenting comes in–not the church, not the Bible school program, not special youth programs. Parents are told to “bring [children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). That’s OUR job, parents. How’s business?

Take extra time today to share Jesus’ story with your kids.  Have a great day!”


There is something very special about the unique responsibility that parents have to raise and rear their children. Thank you parents for the wonderful way in which you all feed the word of God to your children!

Ande Z


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