Discipline and the Modern Mind
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:1-4
Children and Parents
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV)
Every new parent knows the stress of navigating advice while raising children. Christian parents especially understand the weight of this calling. We hear from the culture around us, with all the experts bombarding us with parenting philosophies. No issue is more contentious (and has been) than discipline. How are Christians to understand the modern resistance to discipline in many spheres of life, not just parenting, but civil authority and criminal reform as well? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows how the Bible presents a sophisticated picture on the topic of discipline and exposes the false idea that the human nature is essentialy good. While rejecting the traditional Victorian model of fatherhood and motherhood, with its excessiveness and sometimes brutal treatment of children, the Bible does not therefore deny the need for discipline, righteousness, justice and punishment. Instead, it calls Christians to consider the right discipline and true discipline. We must not misunderstand the themes of law and grace as we care for our children. Nor should we limit our understanding of how God has revealed himself in Holy Scripture. Listen as Lloyd-Jones presents us how the Old Testament and New Testament provides us with a full picture for biblical parenting.