After writing the last blog about Skye's disappearance I have been thinking about parents & their kids.
Let's say I was having a conversation with someone who knows a little about dogs. Pretend I told them that we were going to put our very valuable dog, who had no name tag, in a small horse trailer that was not totally enclosed and drive 10 miles down country roads in the dark. What do you think they would have said?
"That's not safe." "The dog might jump out." "No one will know her identity." "You're taking a big risk" "If she does get out, you'll probably never find her." "You need to make sure she's protected." "There could be dangerous things out there." "She doesn't know enough to keep herself out of trouble." "You don't know much about keeping dogs safe."
And they would be exactly right. The best situation for a young dog is in a protected place with her trainer: watching, learning, playing & being loved. Not in strange places full of unexpected trials for which she has not been prepared.
But don't a lot of parents put their very own children in similar situations? Places where they can easily jump ship. Without an identity they truly believe in. Where they are without guidance in a unfamiliar place. How can they make good decisions in those circumstances?
Don't parents often put their kids in places where they meet dangers & temptations that they are not ready for spiritually? That could be going to school all day with kids & teachers who have a different worldview; so the parents don't know what their kids are learning & hearing and from whom they're learning & hearing. That could mean going to parties with kids you don't know, watching movies they shouldn't be watching & listening to jokes they shouldn't be listening to. That could mean going to church activities with too many kids & not enough parents, leading to temptations for which they're not ready.
When those situations are discussed does anyone say; "That's not safe." "You're taking a big risk." "You need to make sure she's protected." "There could be dangerous things out there." "She doesn't know enough to keep herself out of trouble." "You don't know much about keeping kids safe."?
Parents do those things thinking they're doing good because every other parent is doing it.
Can you think of a worse learning situation for a child than constantly being with a group of peers who have the same immaturity, temptations & struggles? Or in strange places full of unexpected trials for which they have not been prepared.
Isn't the best spiritual situation for a child to be watching, learning, playing & being loved with/by their parents (or other mature Christians) who believe Jesus is Lord? .