“Did You Know…? Mom…? Dad…?”

If you have one of the varied entertainment packages and aren’t stuck with network TV or Netflix, you’ve probably seen the commercial (over and over) telling parents they need to get their 11 or 12 year old sons or daughters vaccinated against HPV (Human Papillomavirus).   This is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the US and apparently it’s the only thing parents have to worry about with their soon-to-be adolescent youngsters.  The commercial ends with a young girl or boy asking the question in the title.

It’s a telling commentary on the state of our culture that it believes that this is what is to be parents’ main concern.

Children are a great responsibility.  Through Moses, God has some instructions to Israel about how they were to raise their children.  In Deuteronomy 11:19, He said, “You shall teach them [“these words of mine,” v. 18] to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”   He has a great deal to say about about marriage, intimacy, family, about life in general and our responsibility to Him, to ourselves and to others, and about the results of disobeying or disregarding His Word.  We see the results of this all around our society and culture in messed-up kids and adults.  It’s not up to the church or the Sunday School to teach your kids about the things of God; these may have a place, but it’s your responsibility. 

“Did you know…?  Mom…?  Dad…?”

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