Gods Mandate to Parents (The Smacking Issue)
the food, but can we make some options? Then Peter, they said listen, you can't preach
the gospel. He said listen, we know you said we can't preach the gospel, but God said
we're to preach the gospel, we're going to preach the gospel. But if you preach the
gospel, you've got to face the consequences, so when they got thrown in jail, beaten up,
they just said: praise the Lord. We're counting it honour to suffer for Jesus' sake - so
what you do in this area's a personal thing, but I don't think you should make smacking
the issue. I think you should make: am I fulfilling my responsibilities as a husband, wife
and parent; make major on the majors, and prepare yourself to be a great parent. Say
Amen! Amen, praise the Lord! [Applause] Come on, let's give the Lord a clap shall we.
Thank you Lord. Father, we just pray for our nation Father as it goes through these
kinds of turmoil, and families are all thinking about all these issues. We pray it'll be a
great opportunity for your people to come to another level of responsibility and
parenting, another level of skills and ability, and connecting with young people and
working with them. We pray Lord it'll be a great opportunity. Opportunities open for
every person here to speak about these issues, and to help parents who are struggling,
and don't even understand that they've got a responsibility, and they've got rights, and
they've got an authority God gave them, and that they need to do the right things.
Father, I'm asking that a spirit of boldness will come upon your people, Lord to be able
to talk to others about these matters, in Jesus' name. Everyone said ... [Amen!]
I was at a function recently. They had an opening of their new house. They had all the
tradesmen in, we got a chance to talk to the tradesmen and the lawyers and everyone. I
had a great opportunity to talk to one of the lawyers, and here's the thing. He was a
good man. He's a family man, but you know what? He really couldn't get over when we
started to share some of the things that God has shown us about family, and about
connecting with your kids, and about holding them to account, things it took us years to
learn. He just went away, he said: I never heard so many creative ways of handling
some things. So we should be creative, not just slappers and bashers of kids. We
should have great ways of doing it. We should take on oh man, this is a great thing,
great opportunity to let our light shine.
If you're part of a culture where abuse is happening, and it's covered over, stand up!
Make your own stand against it. Don't cover it. Never cover it. Start to stand up. We've
got a great hour ahead of us aye? Young people, want you to be the greatest young
people ever, but you've got a challenge too, to obey and honour your parents. Isn't that
a great thing? Why don't you go home, and put it right with them if you haven't been,
and tell them: I want to be a great young person, I want you to be proud of me.