People will give you Bible verses about protecting your child all day. But how do we do it right? It’s a good thing to have a great defense. Parenting in this culture is the same way.
The 2000 Baltimore Ravens Defense has been named one of the greatest defenses of all time. During the 2000 season on their way to Super Bowl XXXV, their defense allowed a total of 165 points and 970 total rushing yards all season. Wrap your mind around that for a second. That’s an average of 10.3 points a game and 60.6 yards rushing a game. Both of these are NFL records. They won the Super Bowl with the first-ranked defense in the NFL and the 23rd ranked offense. Defense wins ballgames.
Question: Do you see your child as someone to protect or someone to prepare?
I recently wrote accept your influence to help us dads start thinking about how we can and should shape our kids—instead of letting culture do it. And, if you haven’t already, check out interview I did with Kent for more details about the Culture Wars Field Guide.
Preparing their minds for school
First Peter 3:15 (CSB) says, “but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you.” I remember sending my first two to Kindergarten. A sad day for sure. My little angels growing up and going to school to spend more time away from their parents than ever.
But that day paled in comparison to the day I sent them to middle school. I knew what was awaiting them. I knew the challenge and the culture that would probably be new to them. They weren’t blind to it, but I would assume the culture was just different than what they were used to. Soon, I’ll be sending another child to middle school. It’s just as terrifying. I need all of the bible verses about protecting your child I can get.
One aspect of the family is that we are much like the church—we are a sent people. God didn’t bless me with my children to simply shelte