Should parents lower the bar? (part 2)

Just as God does not lower His bar,  we as parents should not lower our bar when our children fail to meet our standards. Rather, we should provide them with every means available to encourage them to meet those standards instead.

Once the standard (i.e. rules) is clearly explained and the child is aware of the parent’s expectations, then this might entail nothing more than a gentle verbal/visual reminder of standards, removing contradicting messages/influences (either from media, friends or activities), or using negative/positive reinforcements (as appropriate) to encourage right behavior/attitudes and discourage those that are wrong/sinful.

After all, this is certainly the way that God worked with His people throughout human history. After the Law was clearly given through Moses, He sent prophets to serve as visible/audible reminders. At other times, He completely removed their system of false religion (and the various surrounding nations that encouraged it) which His people had begun to pursue, which contradicted His Law. Also, He showered them with blessings when they obeyed His Law and brought curses upon them when they chose to disobey all as an external means of encouraging behavior/attitudes that were in accordance with His Law and discouraging those that opposed it.


About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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