Following the riots that occurred in the summer of 1967, many cities across the country enacted a youth curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Consequently, a nightly televised public service announcement for parents was issued for years afterwards. It said, “It’s 10:00. Do you know where your children are?”
Perhaps this nightly announcement should be reinstated. After all, studies indicate that children born from the late 80’s onward comprise the most under-parented and under-supervised young people in U.S. history. Designations such as “Generation X” and the “Latchkey Generation" accurately describe millions of children left to their own devices after school and even during weekends. Moreover, unsupervised access to computers and smart phones has exposed children as young as age 5 to pornography, incest, graphic violence and sordid activities. This is not to mention the alarming upsurge in Internet predators that specialize in beguiling children from 8 to 15 years.
Moreover, all Christian parents need to be reminded, "Do you know where your children are SPIRITUALLY?” Are they learning by YOUR example to put God first on Sunday and Wednesday night, as well as every other day of the week (Heb. 10:25)? Are they learning by YOUR example to pray every morning and night (1 Thess. 5:17)? Are they learning by YOUR example to read from their Bible daily or listen as the Bible is read to them (Mat. 4:4)? Are they learning by YOUR example to give generously to the Lord’s church (2 Cor. 9:6ff)?Are they learning by YOUR example to serve the Lord by helping others (Gal. 6:10)?
Do you REALLY know where your children are? Are you doing your utmost to make sure that God is pleased? Remember, where your children are at this moment will influence where they will be 25 years from now.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)
Jesus, always Jesus!