Tip 3: Raising Socially Responsible Children

We are all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to Drink. Certainly the body isn’t one part but many.  

The responsibilities of parenting include teaching ourselves and our children about the needs of the world. In the very beginning of the Scriptures we read in Genesis1:26ff: that humankind was created in the image and likeness of the Creator and that all women and men were created equal in the Creator’s image. It also says that all are responsible for the Earth and its inhabitants.

It is our calling, responsibility, and critical point of accountability with the Creator to teach and hand on to our children the challenge and expectation of care for the Earth and living a life that exemplifies equality for all humankind – all men and women – all who walk the earth – all throughout the globe.

The family is a microcosm, a small example, a living example of the globe. And, the dynamics of the earth and equality can be seen, experienced, and learned at home. Respect for all is the key ingredient. The Gospel of John 13:35 extends the challenge; “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other”.

Creating an environment for wholesome dinner and after dinner conversation can be grace-filled moments of growth as a family. Maybe using the internet and other forms of technology can be helpful in guiding the children’s minds toward a better understanding of many issues of social justice. Truly, if the conversation is set for children and parents to have these discussions when they are young, then there will be a trust in the more complicated issues that the children will face as they are growing up. It is important to speak about sexual issues, issues of life, capital punishment, LGBT issues, corruption in sports, child abuse (physical and sexual), poverty and the many other issues that impact their lives. Learning is critical and home is the place “to set the table” for lifelong learning. Listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and truth. Parents are encouraged and supported in their work of remembering that “We are all baptized by one Spirit into one body, whether Jew or Greek, or slave or free, and we all were given one Spirit to Drink. Certainly the body isn’t one part but many.”

 

Silently reflect on the following and share with your partner:

What issues are pressing for the children? How do you deal with roles, school issues, racial issues or other issues which might affect the children? How do you teach respect for all of  the Earth?

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