We live in a crazy, mixed up world. Providing refuge for our children in a tumultuous culture may be more simple than you think.
As parents, my wife and I talk a lot about how to protect our children spiritually and intellectually in an increasingly post-Christian culture. Truthfully, as the parents of three daughters we have entertained a wide range of options. Everything from complete isolation with the Bedouins in the deserts of middle-east to home-school with the reindeer people of Mongolia. Kidding, in a way. All of those thoughts yielded isolation strategies that are not the best for our kids. Those thoughts were based in an unhealthy fear of the culture and not enough fear in God. Listen to the Scripture:
In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have refuge. -Proverbs 14:26
It turns out providing refuge for our children is more about our personal fear of the Lord than what school they attend or where they grow up. Think about this. My biblical fear of the Lord causes me to follow Christ out of a deep sense of love and reverence for the King. It causes me to align my life with the Scripture and do life God’s way. When children have parents who love God and live out an authentic biblical faith in front of them, they will have refuge from the chaos of the culture.
As you think about how to protect your kids remember the Scripture teaches we are to be in the world but not of the world. Our children need to learn to walk with Christ in the midst of the culture. They need the refuge of parents who fear God and love Him deeply. Meditate on Proverbs 14:26. The fear of the Lord is not just the beginning of wisdom, it is also a stable refuge for our children. If you want to protect your children the best thing you have to offer is your personal fear of the Lord.