Okay, so this topic doesn’t fit with what I usually post, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. And it has to do with parenting boys, so there you go!
It’s hard being a parent these days.
It seems that with all of the information available on the internet, there is a lot of pressure to make the “right” decision about everything when it comes to our families, our homes, and ourselves. Food is the issue that first jumps to my mind – there are so many blogs about healthy eating and “real food,” and many of them have made food into a moral issue. The comment sections on food blog posts can get downright ugly! I had already been thinking about this, and while reading this post today, I came across this post on making food into a moral issue, and I thought that it was right on.
It’s not that I don’t think food is an issue worth considering. I am currently in the process of making more of our snacks from scratch and working more fresh fruits and veggies into our diet. Those are healthy things to do, and obviously God wants us to be responsible with our bodies.
However, they are not Biblical issues.
I don’t really want to get into a debate about this, but I’ll mention briefly that there are two places in 1 Corinthians where Paul call believers a “temple of God.” I’ve heard others use those verses to say that we must eat the best diet possible. Neither reference (1 Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19) is referring to food. The first refers to building the church on Christ as the foundation, and the second refers to immorality.
What’s my point?
Elevating issues in which we are free to make our own (wise) choices to issues of obedience to Scripture creates distraction and a false sense of security in our smart decisions.
I think that Satan is using issues such as food, homeschooling vs. public school, formula feeding, etc. to distract moms from the issues that are Biblical. And moms are buying into it. Our minds can be so cluttered with articles we read about locally grown foods, cloth diapering, ways to organize on Pinterest, etc. that we have no room left for things that are Biblical issues – such as:
- Speaking at all times with kind words to our children (Ephesians 4:29)
- Loving our husbands and children (Titus 2:4)
- Asking our husbands how they want us to spend our time and what they want the priorities in our homes to be, and then doing those things (Ephesians 5:22-25)
- Spending a generous amount of time studying the Word and in prayer (Psalm 19)
We can also have a false sense of security that if we just do the “right” things, life will go the way we want it to. If we fail to care for our teeth, we will reap the consequences of our poor dental hygiene. On the flip side, however, the Bible does not promise us long life or perfect health if we brush and floss every day or follow a particular diet. God is sovereign over all, and He uses all for our spiritual benefit – even sickness.
What do you think? Do you feel pressure as a Mom? Do you find it easy to become distracted from those issues which are truly spiritual issues?