Dr. Ab Abercrombie
Parenting is a challenge. In fact, it might be one of the most demanding aspects of the Christian life because the potential ramifications are so great. And, when we consider the condition of our world and the deterioration of our culture, the task is even more daunting.
If we look at the research concerning children, we could become very discouraged. Psychiatrists and psychologists tell us we are approaching an epidemic of childhood mental illness. Learning disabilities, clinical depression, attention deficit disorder, bipolar conditions, violent assault, disregard for authority, suicide, sexual promiscuity, and teen pregnancy are all on the increase according to the professionals.
And what explanations do the experts offer? They tell us that there is an explosion of biochemical imbalances, genetic vulnerability, and organic illnesses to blame.
Their answer: medication management. Today, 40 out of every 1,000 children are taking anti-psychotic medications to control their behavior. And this doesn’t include the millions who are taking medication for depression and anxiety! Notice I said medication management not medical cure. In truth, psychiatry and psychology has never cured anybody. The best they can offer is to help someone remain comfortably sick while subduing their behavior.
But Scripture offers a very different explanation, and a different answer, for these problems. In God’s Word, there is a precise order for the home. There is a clearly defined role for the husband and father; an explicit function for the wife and mother; and a system of training and structure for the child. Scripture even goes so far as to prescribe a cure for disobedient, sinful conduct…His name is Jesus Christ!