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Guest Post: Raising Kids the World Will Hate

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I wanted to share a great post by Adam Griffin, the Student Minister at The Village Church. As a parent that prays longs prayers about the future of my sons and daughter; I found this recent blog post to be a real eye-opener. Enjoy!

When I was a boy, my dad asked me, What do you want to be when you grow up? To which I frankly answered (quite adorably no doubt), A daddy. When my relentlessly realistic dad informed me that no one would pay me to be a father, I told him that I would gladly pay myself.

In 2011 my dream of being a father came true when my son, Oscar, was born. Since that day my hopes and dreams have shifted to what Oscar will be when he grows up. Of course, I like to imagine him growing up handsome, talented, godly and kind, but there s no way to really know yet. I can be fairly certain he ll have an affinity for Texas A&M and the Green Bay Packers. There s little doubt that he ll have a disappointing hairline, love to eat and sweat even when it s cold. For the most part, however, I ll just have to wait and see who he grows up to be.

I often daydream about what a great guy he might be and how well loved he ll be by others. I daydream that coaches, teachers and pastors will approve of him and even be impressed by him. I envision his peers holding him in high esteem, wanting him around all the time. I imagine that the generation that follows him will admire him. I hold tightly to the thought that, as he becomes a man, he will grow in favor among any and all he comes into contact with. Some of these desires are healthy, and some are prideful.

I have a strong, and certainly not uncommon, desire for my child to be validated by the love of other people. Most parents want their son or daughter to be a lovable person, and it s that desire that makes  John 15:19so important and so transformative when it comes to the way we prepare our children for the future. Christ tells His disciples, If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. It s not just  John 15:19, either. There are many Scriptures  that describe the adversarial relationship that God s followers will have with those who are not believers.

Reading this, I realized that if God answers my prayer for my son to be a follower of Christ, people will hate him. People will absolutely, unquestionably be repulsed by my son.

To read the  entirety  of this article please visit:  http://www.thevillagechurch.net/the-village-blog/raising-kids-the-world-will-hate  

 

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.