Monday, June 21, 2010

Cults - When Parents Rob Their Kids of Normal Joys

Members of some cults forbid their kids to take any part in birthday celebrations or Christmas decorations. The basis for doing so is that they don't feel it is biblical to celebrate birthdays, and they quote scriptures that talk of people getting drunk at such parties.

The problem isn't in the actual party itself, because you can quote just as many weddings and anniversaries that cause people to be intoxicated - and rarely anyone would forbid participations in weddings for those reasons.

The thing is thought control instead, and many signs point in that direction. Any sensible parent would allow their children the possibility of celebrating life with fellow classmates - and there is nothing immoral in joyously celebrating your coming into this world.

You could quote just as many instances of kids just having fun cutting hearts and building little stars. You don't have to celebrate anything religious in that whatsoever. It's much like wishing one another a happy weekend. Some work during weekends - others have days off. You don't make any issue about whether you're working or not, do you?

Similarly, it is important that kids are allowed social relations. Honestly speaking, I don't mind if people choose religion - even cults. It's their choice. But why would any parents pressure their kids just because of a misunderstanding of Proverbs 22:6 which says: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it"?

The right type of training focuses on the value of honesty, the value in letting other people keep their belongings safe, not murdering and never lying. Those values are positive for all people involved. Such values don't rob kids of anything. Au contraire, it allows kids to become good citizens.
Good family values are also good to observe, building loyalty and a team spirit that benefits all people around you. You can become good friends even though you disagree on some small matters.
But to rob your kids of participation in social events solely based on your own religious views is submitting them to scorn and teasing. Who, in his or her right mind, would ever do that to one's own child? That very point is the same when it comes to blood transfusion. No one could ever give any greater gift than saving another person's life, and yet the subject of blood transfusion is also made a dividing point almost to a fault.

I wonder what God would say about that type of human logic if and when such people face the judgment they so avidly speak of in their prophetic scenarios? I think you know the answer.
Thanks for reading this article. I hope you felt inspired by learning what I brought to you. Please feel free to give feedback and ask any questions you like. I welcome reader feedback, and often get inspiration for new articles when I read your responses.

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