Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mothers, Socialize your Children According to God's Word

As a sociologist and social psychologist, I understand that words are important. As a Christian, I know that God's word (s) are invaluable to us in this social imagination - social reality. We have to put our imagination aside and use "God's" imagination. There are many instances in the Gospel that provide guidelines for marriage and family. I want to point especially to Titus 2 - What must be taught to various groups. It takes many family members to raise children, however mother and father have the most important roles in the socialization of their children including their sexuality. The Gospel tells us that homosexuality is a sin. It is clearly named a sexual immorality. If you want your children to be sexually moral, to grow and live in God's imagination, to become fathers and mothers, then be mindful of God's imagination for us. I ask you to use His imagination as you socialize your children. Mothers are the first to impart social reality to their child. In that first transmission of social information exists meaning and expectations which guides us in our roles and sexual orientation. If you want to a more in-depth understanding of how homosexuality is socially created, then check out my blog "The Social Imagination"
What I can tell you briefly is that the information we impart to our children, infants, should be Godly information. If we impart any other kind, we can expect ungodly behavior in our children and worse is that it will continue in their adult life.  Speaking as a sociologist, a mother is first in the order of  imparting Godly information, that which comes from God's imagination. Because of that, she needs to be supported by her husband and family. She needs to feel secure in information about her social world and secure in God's word/imagination as we need His word to guide us in this fallen world.  I highly suggest to re-read 1 Cor 6:12 and 1 Cor 7; then read Titus 2 What must be taught to Various Groups - this is about setting good examples and who has the task to do so.

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