by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy – Binding Foolishness
Editor’s note: This is the second part of that follows yesterday’s beat your children for gorging on junk food to keep them from getting fat. If your child is hording food, or sneaking around eating behind your back this is not always because the child is simply hungry. Many times a sneak around and horde food child is someone suffering from emotional scars where they fear not being fed. It is a reason to take a child immediately for an evaluation with either a doctor or social work/psychologist. It’s not ‘normal’ behavior and it’s not as Debi claims, training to be a thief or liar, it’s an indication that this child is having mental health issues.
The very fact that the Pearls seem so eager to shame over weight issues and blame it on a spiritual basis is pretty frightening. This is the type of thinking that leads to kids not getting proper healthcare or treatment for serious issues. There could be something physical going on with a child that is overweight that has nothing to do with sinful desires.
But parents, use common sense. Feed a hungry child when he is hungry; don’t cause him to be tempted above that which he is able. When you allow children to get so hungry they want to sneak around to satisfy their hunger, you are training them to be thieves and liars. Instead of being trained to walk in truth, they are being trained to walk in deceit. For every thirty slacker parents who allow their children to overeat, there is one parent who is legalistic in demanding austerity in the child’s diet. Ask God for wisdom and listen to the advice of those around you.
Children are not all necessarily rebellious, loud, selfish, mean, aggressive, bossy, whiny, or moody. But all children have foolishness bound in their hearts, and they all need to be freed from the bondage that will drag them down their entire lives. Give your children the gifts of wisdom, sobriety, and a sound mind; drive foolishness far from them. My mom always said that a slender willow switch works wonders. I say it works miracles.
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