The world is going to hell. It has been since the fall. Today’s topic will not only step on some toes, it may completely lobe ‘em off. Today, I am ripping apart the deadbeats that will not work and or truly care for their own and looking at what “the faith” is. The Bible speaks volumes on this subject, but I am going to focus on just one nugget of truth.
I Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Fathers and mothers exist for one purpose. It is not to live the dream, build a portfolio of wealth, and or become a leader in industry. The purpose is to raise up, train up, the children we are given. Mommys, let me speak to you first: I’m not against women running for office, ruling the roost so to speak, or working. A woman’s first priority is not to clean the house till it sparkles, it is not to be a slave to her husband, but her only responsibility truly lies in raising the children given to her by the Father, God Almighty. In this day and time so many single mommies have played and are still playing more roles than any ten time Oscar winner. Many single moms are so because the individual whom fathered the child or children ran away from the responsibility. I know that is not always the case, but the truth is what it is. You know what? Some women who wear the mantle of “mom” are not mothers at all. These women place the needs of their children behind their own need for quiet time or the boyfriend. Any woman who believes she needs a man for any reason over the needs of her child/children is about as much of a caretaker as I am the queen of
1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Right off the bat a lot of people will jump up and complain that we as Christians live under the new covenant through Christ and not the old law system. Jesus Himself stated that He came to fulfill the law not abolish it. Although these words of the Lord were directed toward the children of Israel, God’s truth applies to us as well. Verses one and two instruct us to teach God’s ways and laws to our kids and their children. God’s way, the truth, applied then to the wandering Israelites as they do to us and the next generation as well.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Our current situation, state in the world, tells us it is okay to ignore the deity of Christ. We are bombarded by so many other ways to Heaven that Jesus Christ, the Light of the World is forgotten. Regardless of what liberal media says, the fact of who God is does not change. Parents, verse six is plain. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. I do not believe I have to mince words here. The simple truth that is presented is for parents to teach their children to honor and love God always. They are to love God always and we are to teach them, always. It is not the teacher’s job or the preacher’s for that matter. Yes, a preacher of the Gospel should lead, direct, pray for, and teach his flock, but if the preacher for thirty minutes a week is the only source of biblical literacy and truth, the the people of God are going to spiritually starve. So what happens when parents aren’t Christians? Brace yourself now. If you are reading this and you are not a Christian. If you do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ meaning you have repented from sin by accepting Christ as your savior, not only are you heading to hell you are dragging your precious babies down to the darken abysmal pit where the gnashing of teeth and the worn never dies! Think about your children. Picture them taking their first step, saying their first word, and even how you felt the very moment you held that precious miracle. Now, picture that child or children from those precious memories on fire and being tormented twenty four hours a day forever. Painful, right? If you are not telling your children about the power of Christ, His Grace and redemption, you will be responsible for their descent to Hell. Jesus said in Luke 17:1-6, “Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come! 2 It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.” Do you really want that hanging on your neck or shoulders?
Daddys. Any boy can father a child, but a man is the one who is the father. Time and time again the statistics show that negative influences turn into vices in a home where a dad is not present. Folks have their share of problems in a two parent home naturally, but little girls sometimes go out looking for male attention if their father is not present. Boys have no true guide to show them how to be men. So, Dad, if you are an absentee father chances are you are not reading this, but I pray my words sting you to the core if ever they find you. If you are a father that refuses to work, depend on the handouts of others’ compassion, and generally leave your fatherly responsibilities by the wayside of life, you are hear this now, are according to Paul under God’s inspiration, worse than an unbeliever.
Mommy! Mothers by nature are nurturing beings. Sadly, I have seen mommy cats take better care of their young than some mothers. It is a sad epidemic that so many young girls try to become mommies so they have someone to love them. What is equally sad is the situation where moms put their own needs ahead of the children’s welfare whether those needs are a man, alcohol, or any other delinquent vice.
This is where people start screaming, “You can’t judge me!” So before all that starts, allow me to define the term unbeliever. UNBELIEVER: A person who does not believe. I have said this before many times. It does not matter if you believe something is true or not. The truth is what it is. The Word of God is Christ. Christ is the Beginning and the End. An unbeliever does not believe Christ. Okay that is how it is! Now again, according to Paul under God’s inspiration, a person who does not provide for his own is worse than an unbeliever. It is scary to think that there could be something worse than an unbeliever. The unbeliever is separated from God. The separation applies to both physical and mental aspects.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear (Isaiah 59:2).
One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination (Proverbs 28:9).
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death" (Rev. 21:8).
So, unbelievers’ prayers are abominations to God. As written in Isaiah, the Living God, the Almighty hides His face from unbelievers. Wow. The Messiah’s own words are striking and have that ULTIMATE finality to it. The person that does not take care of his own has denied the faith and is worse than those, whose prayers are abominations to God, and those who are bound to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
So in closing, if you are a parent that is not providing for your children, straighten up! You are failing at the task The Lord set ahead of you.