This is something that is breaking my heart to see and still breaks my heart to see. I hear about children who get grounded from coming to church. Church is the place these kids needs to be. We are to raise up our kids in the way of the Lord. Parents are grounding kids from church.
I believe most parents ground their children from church because they see the passion the kids have for church. They know they enjoy it and they are taking away that joy or trying to take that joy from them. Most of these parents that ground these children, do not go to church.
I believe parents grounding the children is a way for the devil to use the parent, so the child cannot learn more about God or come back home and share Christ to the parents. It is sad to see most of the children that go to churches, often the parents are unchurched. Devil will do whatever he can to stop the spread of Christ including grounding kids from church.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Talking with other people from other churches, it seems that this is very common. This is sad. It breaks my heart to not have these children come to church.
If we ground our children from church then we are not training them up in the way of the Lord.
If you are a parent and reading this blog entry. Please do not ground them from church. Take something else away from them. What they learn at church has a major impact on their salvation and eternal life with Christ.
Church is where they kids need to be. They will hear about God and Jesus and the correct way to live according to God’s Standards. After all we answer to God on judgement.
Check out some others ways to ground your children in this blog post: Creative Grounding!
First published May 20, 2013. Republishing with additions September 2, 2015.