Perhaps you have never heard of Hilary Rosen. She’s a liberal lobbyist and activist and is often seen on many of the talking head shows on the 24-hour news networks. She could easily be described as a feminist.
Maybe you’re a little more familiar with Ann Romney. She is the wife of presumed Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney. To be clear, she is a Mormon – which is far outside the umbrella of orthodox Christianity. Though I would disagree with Mrs. Romney on theological matters, I have profound respect for her dedication to her family. She is well known for being a “stay at home mom.”
Two very different women, with two very different worldviews. The two collided a few weeks ago when Rosen proudly criticized Romney on CNN saying, “Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life!” Obviously, I would disagree with Ms. Rosen’s assessment.
Of all the callings in life, there is perhaps no higher calling than that of motherhood. Though Ms. Rosen will probably never know that calling due to some of the lifestyle choices she has made, every mom will tell you – whether they stay at home or work outside the home – that it is the most challenging, and most rewarding job that you can ever have.
But it is a job that is getting far more difficult. It seems that our culture is becoming more and more hostile to parents doing that which they were called to do. The attack on Ann Romney is a prime example of that battle. Our culture says parents should turn over the responsibility of raising children to the schools. The schools teach children what they need to know and the schools evaluate whether or not the children are being successful. In many cases, parents have embraced this model, not realizing that education is not an appropriate substitute for true parenting. Many Christian parents have even turned over the responsibility of their child’s spiritual growth to the church. While the church is happy to teach children and instruct them in the ways of the Lord, parents must take ultimate responsibility for their children’s development. Children are a gift, and like all good gifts, we will be held responsible for how well we took care of them.
Many people look at our situation today and see that it is very bleak. Josh McDowell, Christian apologist, said that we are currently losing 50-70% of our church-going teenagers to the world before they graduate high school. While these are startling numbers, they should not lead to hopelessness, they should lead to a redoubling of our efforts to raise a generation of sold out followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. And the efforts must begin at home.
In Joshua 5, we find that Israel must deal with its own lost generation. Joshua 5:6 says, “For the Israelites wandered in the wilderness 40 years until all the nation’s men of war who came out of Egypt had died off because they did not obey the Lord. So the Lord vowed never to let them see the land He had sworn to their fathers to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.” That sounds terrible, bleak, and hopeless. But the scriptures continue, “Joshua raised up their sons in their place.”
While we may have lost ground to the world in the battle for our children, we must be firmly resolute to not give up, but to begin at home, teaching our children, equipping our children, empowering our children to live lives completely committed to the Kingdom of God. Joshua did, why don’t we?