Parental Responsibility


Last night I read this blog post from Kevin DeYoung and I can’t stop thinking about it. The post, an excerpt from his most recent book, is brief and to the point. If you haven’t yet, go ahead and read it. I can wait.

Okay, back?

Here’s the thing. I want to affirm what Kevin says at the end of the post:

It’s harder to ruin our kids than we think and harder to stamp them for success than we’d like. Christian parents in particular often operate with an implicit determinism. We fear that a few wrong moves will ruin our children forever, and at the same time assume that the right combination of protection and instruction will invariably produce godly children.

Absolutely. Spot on.

What I don’t appreciate is the spiritualization of a personal opinion by which Kevin arrives at this conclusion.

DeYoung couches his conclusion in the argument…

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