As a parent I want to teach my children to make right choices. I want them to learn and to know that there are things that are right and there are things that are wrong. Of course this is difficult in a world that teaches that right and wrong are relative and are a matter of personal choice.
Many years ago when I was a youth pastor I came across a great resource in teaching kids/teens to make right choices. It was a book called Right From Wrong by Josh McDowell. I have used it over the years but I hadn’t looked at again until recently. The book teaches a process called the 4 C’s.
4 steps to teach our children to make right choices
1. Consider the choice.
In other words, the first step in making a right choice is remembering that it is God who determines what is right or wrong, not the individual, their culture or the opinion of others.
2. Compare our attitudes and actions to God.
The second step in making right choices is to compare a contemplated action or attitude to God, because it is His nature and character that determine what is right or wrong. We can trace right and wrong behaviours through God’s precepts (or commands) to godly principles and, finally, to the person of God Himself.
3. Commit to God’s ways.
When we compare our attitudes and actions to God as God, we admit that His character and nature define right and wrong absolutley. Those attitudes and actions that are like Him are right and those attitudes and actions that are not like Him are wrong. But when we commit to God’s way, it means we turn from our selfish attitudes and actions and submit to Him as Lord of our lives. It means we rely on the power of His Spirit to live out His way in us.
4. Count on God’s protection and provision.
When we humbly admit God’s sovereighnty and sincererly admit to His loving authority, we can begin not only to clearly see the dinstinctions between right and wrong, but we can also count on God’s protection and provision. Living according to God’s way and allowing His Holy Spirit to live through us brings many spiritual blessings, like freedom from guilt, a clear conscience, the joy of sharing Christ, and most importantly, the love and smile of God in our lives.
Additionally, we enjoy many physical, emotional, psychological and relational benefits when we are obedient to God. This doesn’t mean everything will be rosy; in fact, God says that we may suffer for righteousness sake. But God’s commands were nontheless given to protect and provide for His people (Deuteronomy 10:13; Jeremiah 32:39).
What are your thoughts on this?