BY DR. JAMES DOBSON
Children learn about God from what they see in their mom and dad. Kids identify their parents – especially their fathers – with God. That makes us grown-ups uncomfortable, of course, because we are aware of our imperfections and shortcomings. Nevertheless, we have been given the awesome responsibility of representing God to our vulnerable little children.
The mistakes we make are often translated into spiritual problems for the next generation. For example, it is tough for the children of oppressive or abusive parents to perceive God as being loving and compassionate. Likewise, permissive parents make it hard for children to understand the justice of God.
One of a parent’s most difficult tasks is to represent those two aspects of God’s nature, His love and His justice, to our kids. To show our little ones love without authority is as serious a distortion of God’s nature as to reveal an iron-fisted authority without love.
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