Many youth today are like the children of Israel as described by Moses in Deuteronomy 31:27. “For I know how rebellious and stiff-necked you are.” This has come to pass because the word of God has not been carried from generation to generation as commanded by God. In Deuteronomy 11:18-21, God tells us “to fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talk about them when you sit at home and when you get up. Write them on the door frame of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”
The word of God has not been heeded, so the children are ruling over the parents. Many young children are disrespectful to their parents. They are rude, hardheaded and disobedient. When they are told to do something that they don’t like, they respond by telling the parent what they will or will not do. Parents are hit, cursed and ruled by their own children.
Truly, God is displeased with such behavior. He has instructed us in his word concerning raising children. The first problem is that the position of husband and father is vacant in most homes, thereby causing a breakdown in family structure and order. If the position of husband and father is occupied and the husband and father do not heed the commands of God, the family structure is still broken. It is written in Proverb 13:24, “he who spares the rod, hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” Proverb 23:13 states “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul.” We should all remember the 10 Commandments in which commandment five tells us to “Honor our father and mother, so that we may live long in the land the Lord our God has given us”(Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16).
Because of the fact that the word of the Lord has not been taught, our youth are ignorant of the fact that “God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). In the old and new testament, disrespect to parents was considered a capital offense, and Leviticus 20:19 and Matthew 15:4 states that all who curse their father or mother let him die the death.” The amplified Bible states it this way “let him surely come to his end by death.” This is why so many children and young people are dying early. God will shorten their days and take them out of the earth for bad behavior toward their parents. Deuteronomy 27:16 states “cursed is the man who dishonors his father or mother. ” For these reasons we are to teach our children the word of God so that blessings will overflow in their lives. Allowing our children to run wild without discipline is not responsible. As parents we are responsible for teaching our children the word of God (Deuteronomy 11:18-21) and fathers are commanded” not to provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the training and instruction of God (Ephesians 6:4) and not to embitter or aggravate your children or they will become discouraged” (Colossians 3:21).
“The husband is head of the household, he is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church, his body, of which he is the savior “(Ephesians 5:23). A little 5- or 6-year-old, or child of any age, has no place in talking back and behaving disrespectful to their parents. They need discipline. If a parent has any love for their children, they should discipline them according to the word of God. Discipline, not beat or abuse. After all, “God disciplines those he loves” (Revelation 3:19). Proper teaching has to begin when the child is young. They must be raised in a manner according to God and when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverb 22:6). Everything, all teaching, especially the word of God, starts at home. Correct and Godly discipline will not kill them; on the contrary, it will cause them to live.
The Holy Bible, Exodus 20:12, Leviticus 20:19, Deuteronomy 5:16, 11:18-21, 27:16, 31:27, Proverb 13:24, 22:6, 23:13, Matthew 15:4, Galatians 6:7, Ephesians 5:23, 6:4, Colossians 3:21, Revelation 3:19