Sunday, April 26, 2015

Motherhood Monday: Children in Church

Welcome to another Motherhood Monday! This is the day dedicated to all things "mommy" related. Check here each Monday for a new post. 

Motherhood is an incredible blessing. But it is also a huge challenge. Anyone that has experienced motherhood will tell you, there is an incredible shift in your very being when you become a mother. 

We live in a time in which traditional family is being mocked, ridiculed, and reduced to ruin. You can see this happening in magazines, movies, and television shows. This is an issue that many a pastor has hammered home in recent years. 

Why then is the Christian church abdicating its moral responsibility to build up the family? Not only are they not fulfilling their role to encourage families they are in fact actively taking steps in the opposite direction. 

I recently had the unusual experience of watching the church fail families. At three different women's group events in the last month I heard leaders say:
No babies over 6 months
No children in worship
No children in "big church"

This may look simple. It may not seem like a big deal, but that is how sin is... insidious. As mothers we have the awe-inspiring privilege of being God's stewards in our children's lives. We have our children for a very short time. In that time we are to impart wisdom, train them in the way that they should go, and model Christ's unending love. When you remove children from seeing their parents coming before the King's throne in adoration you are removing an opportunity for them to learn about salvation. My husband has spoken often of seeing his parents worship, study the Bible, and pray together as a child. He will tell you that his parent's dedication and faithfulness helped to make him in to the man that he is today. 

So what does this have to do with motherhood? I am not part of the attachment parenting style and it isn't that I want my son to be attached to me at all times. My issue is that when you say, "babies are too distracting to be in the service/program Satan has won. When you teach young moms that they need to "get away" from their kids/home/husband to worship you are teaching them that they cannot worship while they work. 

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God". Babies are not a distraction, they are an incredible gift from God. Yes, they cry. Sometimes they (gasp!) even yell. The Christian church needs to stop treating praise and worship, retreats, and services like performances. They aren't, or shouldn't be. Instead, this is where you come before the creator of the universe and worship. If you can't do that while a baby fusses, we have bigger issues to deal with. 

Billy Graham said, "Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children." Model well for your child by allowing them to see you pour out your heart to the king, even amid fussy babies. You have no idea the impact that may have on them one day. 

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