by Cindy Foster cross posted from her blog Finding Fundamental
I have a couple of predominant thoughts about the most recent revelation of Josh Duggar’s sexual deviancy.
To all the fearful, loving Christian parents:
There are no invisible walls– no matter how well-intentioned, no matter how carefully and scripturally constructed, no matter how efficiently guarded–
thick enough to protect your young from their own humanity.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Colossians 2:20-23 KJV
Did you get that last verse?
Verse 23 as stated in modern terms by the ESV:
“These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” (Emphases mine)
So, Dear Christian Parents:
You can live it, love them and teach them. But it is only in setting them free to interpret and establish for themselves which of your values they will authentically embrace as truth.
If you insist on forcing, manipulating or controlling, you will more than likely rear polished and professional…. hypocrites….or even worse….
And, here is a dark, incomprehensible tragedy that could be, to some degree, a consequence of home schooled isolation. This happened in Broken Arrow, OK, where our family lived for 22 years and home schooled all 8 of my children.
For a more indepth article on how the rules and laws of Gothardism didn’t prevent the Josh Duggar scandal please take a look at Cindy Foster’s article SkullDUGGARy~~~~~~~~~~~
Cindy Foster is “Mom” to eight gorgeous, talented, temperamental, noisy, opinionated, alike-but very different kids. She has been married to their daddy, Paul, for 36 years.
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