I appreciate the invitation and welcome the opportunity to address the readers of The Citizen.
Everybody wants change. Everyone wants to see improvement in their lives and communities. Every citizen of Chesapeake longs to maintain or create strong, healthy children, families, and communities. After 16 years of pastoring a church and counseling parishioners, I have often wondered, “what would our communities look like if the change many of us are seeking actually happened? Imagine the following:
Imagine what this community would look like! Truthfully, we can do more than just imagine. I know this because I’ve seen the beginnings of this in my church. It started with a return to Christ and His Word alone to govern every aspect of our lives. This flowed into a training of our men to equip their homes. It then moved to lifting up our women and helping them embrace Biblical womanhood. Slowly, we are seeing the fruits of change.
Deuteronomy 6:1-7, Ephesians 6:1-4 and many other scriptures teach us that parents should teach their children about God. God puts the responsibility of instructing, discipling and training children in the faith directly on the parents. Teaching our children about God is critical because it ultimately leads to multigenerational faithfulness. Soon, our homes will reflect the worship of God and His word and result in stronger families and stronger communities.
Consider all of the attempts our country has made to improve economic and social distress. We have held rallies, created social groups and even attempted to legislate change that would relieve us from our ills. Has any of these efforts worked? Are we seeing a reduction in crime or drug use? Can we truly say the next generation of children are any more Godly? If we’re honest with ourselves, we’d sadly answer, “no.” Numerous studies have proven that our previous attempts have not worked.
So, how about a return to the Lord and what He has prescribed? How about a return of Godly fathers who will reshape their homes and revive communities? I believe it can happen . . . and it starts with just one family turning to Christ.