Imposition or Inquisition?

What do you think about parenting?  Do you think a parent should “impose” his or her values on his children, or let them explore and “decide for themselves” what religion—if any—they might prefer?  These questions seem to bear heavily upon the minds of many.  I have counseled with [against?] parents who held this attitude.  It seems that our free will tolerance mentality has infected even family life.  Recently, John Edwards, candidate for president, said in an interview that he would want his second grader to be exposed to homosexuality in the classroom literature.  Indeed, Edwards said, “Even in second grade … I don’t want to impose my view. Nobody made me God. I don’t get to impose on them what I believe is right.” Is it true that parents are playing God and imposing on their children when they train them in morality?  What about public schools and public morality?

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  1. When I read this I was instantly reminded of the proverb “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” (Proverbs 13:24) In the effort to avoid imposing values on his son, John Edwards has proudly announced his hatred for him. This world has completely flipped the concept of “hate.” What God says is love, the world scoffs and points it’s completely tolerant, open-minded, loving finger at as hatred. If love means imposition, I’m guilty as charged.


  2. I am “imposing” because of what I believe about God. John Edwards apparently doesn’t know that God has directly told Christians to diligently teach our children. (Also, I don’t think its “playing God” to repeat what God has said!) I would rather endure the disdain of men than answer to holy God for ignoring His instruction to me.


  3. In fact, isn’t Edwards the one playing God, since he has made “a new commandment” outside of the word God has spoken on the matter? He seems to confuse obeying God with acting as though he were God. So, instead, he acts as though he were God so that he does not have to obey Him.


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