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Excerpt from Pastor Parsons' article Raise Them Up


Raise Them Up

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

            In the last two months, we’ve celebrated Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, rejoicing in the blessings God has given through these parents. The passage above shows one of the greatest blessings God has tasked all parents with: to raise their children up in the way of the Lord.

            This is a calling, even an expectation, that God has extended to every parent. As they, themselves, have come to know they Lord, now they have the opportunity to help their children do the same. Proverbs 22 shows that it is important to start children off in God’s Word right from the beginning.

            Praise God! Many parents answer this call by bringing their children to the baptismal font. There they receive the blessing of being adopted into the family of God through the pouring on of water and of the Spirit. How marvelous! Since Baptism can create faith in any heart, it’s so important that it be available to anyone.

            This is why we often baptize non-members, adult and children alike. Doing so brings them the same forgiveness our members receive through this sacrament. But whenever I do a baptism,

whether for a member or non-member, I always sit down with the parents or the person being baptized, and we talk about the fact that being baptized doesn’t guarantee from that moment on that the one baptized will be in heaven.

            There’s a reason for this. Of course, Baptism can and does create saving faith. But it’s not some mystical or magical event that cements you in God’s grace. There is always a risk of falling from faith, especially if there is not regular interaction with God’s Word. This means that after being baptized, it’s important to remain in God’s Word. For parents who bring their young children to the font, then, there is the encouragement to continue to bring them to the altar, to worship.

            If that new faith is nourished through regular exposure to God’s Word, then there is a marvelous chance that that person will one day stand in the presence of God in heaven. If parents never again bring their children to church and never expose them to God’s Word, then it is more likely that any faith created in Baptism will die completely, and the child will fall away.

            Praise God that he has provided many opportunities, not only to start children off, but to continue children on the way they should go. Take those chances to show them Jesus. Take them to worship. Lead devotions. Help them learn about their Savior. Then, even when they are old, they will not turn from it. May God hold them always in their faith, and may he do the same for each of you, that you may enter into full glory in the rest he has prepared for you in heaven. Amen

                                                                                    In Christian love,

                                                                               Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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