Titus 1:6 (part 2)

When my son was about 2.5 years old, we went on a shopping expedition to a mall which had a great indoor playground. While Mom shopped, the kids and I played on a giant pirate ship. At one point a bigger boy (maybe 4) started bullying all the little kids-pushing to the front of the line and even hitting the little kids. His mom kept sighing and muttering, "What are you going to do?" while looking at the other parents for agreement/support.
Now, I was frustrated by the little boy (especially when he slapped my son in the face*), but I was really frustrated by the mother. You are responsible for your children. Good or bad children are not a roll of the dice. Some children are more of a challenge than others, but every child can be lovingly trained. It takes a lot of hard work and consistency to raise a godly, obedient child, but it can be done.
If you do not take the time or put in the effort to raise obedient, responsible, little children, when they are older, they will be insubordinate and debauched-this will disqualify you from ministry. According to God's Word you cannot be a leader in His church if you are not a good parent. 
Once again, though these requirements are specifically for leaders in the church, they are certainly a good goal for every believer. Your children are a reflection of you--live like Jesus and teach them to do the same. 
Good parenting has a lot of overlap with being a good spouse. That will be our  topic tomorrow.
If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination...
*When my guy got slapped, he did not "turn the other cheek." He gritted his teeth, balled his fist, and punched the bully in the mouth. I declared it to be righteous anger and declared a brief retroactive moratorium on the "no hitting" rule...we all have room for growth/improvement.  :) 

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