Parenting with a Biblical worldview
As a pastor’s kid (PK), hitting my teenage years meant learning to live a dual life: my Christian life, which was pleasing to my parents and my church, and my high school life, which was pleasing to me. My greatest goal was, “May the two never meet.” Of course, neither life – one of hypocrisy and one of blatant sin – was pleasing to God. I did, however, emerge out of those troubling years and went on to follow Jesus Christ as Lord, become a pastor and eventually raise four PKs who live out a Biblical, Christian worldview. I determined early on that, if at all possible, I would not repeat history with my kids.
There are always challenges along the way: the world, the flesh and the devil are hard at work; the free-will of man has no regard for gender or age; and pastors and their families are natural targets for Satan – “Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter” (Matthew 26:31).
With an understanding of the risks for PKs, I set out to do whatever I could to present a Biblical worldview and protect my children from living the lie I once lived. Nothing is foolproof, but I believe there is much we can do with what God has given us to help our children avoid some of the traps and entanglements along the way. Here are my top 10 parenting tips.