Way to God, Parents!
by Ken Gardner

Did you hear about the five teenage boys in McKinney who were arrested last week? They were students at McKinney High School, all under the age of 17, and they had been stealing credit card statements from mailboxes. They used the account numbers to order expensive items on the Internet.

Guess who turned them in? Their parents! Good for them! Way to go, parents!

Now, don’t think this wasn’t a serious offense. What these boys did is a “state jail felony,” the newspaper said. It sounds like these boys could spend some time in jail. And it was their own parents who called the police and turned them in—their own sons! What courage these moms and dads showed—and what wisdom!

Of course, all of us know good parents, who did everything right, whose kids went bad. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to be the best parents we can be. Many parents have not demonstrated the kind of courage and wisdom these McKinney parents showed. Some parents try to be friends with their children instead of parents, and that’s a tragic mistake! Parents must be disciplinarians! (True, we may disagree about what discipline is appropriate at times, and not every child and every infraction requires a spanking, but we parents must discipline our children). Parents must take charge of their families! God Himself commended Abraham because he commanded, he charged, he directed his children to “keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just” (Genesis 18:19, NIV). We must teach our children to live disciplined, controlled lives. If we don’t, then we are just not very good parents. And even our love for our children may be questioned.

An editorial in the paper pointed out what a mistake it is for parents to try to be friends with their children instead of being their parents. The best friend a child can have is a parent who is not his best friend!