How the Changing Role of Parenting Has Impacted Our Society
Roles of Parenting
Some might question how or why I am an authority to speak, on what is such a sensitive area of discussion! In this particular case study, experience and history will have to be the measuring stick to what we deem to be acceptable or unacceptable. As a young child growing up in the late 60's, the line was always drawn, and clearly defined as it related to the parent-child roles. This brings me to my first case in point… How can a parent raise a child when there is no respect for their position/authority? Here again is where experience and history serve as the beacon of light. As a parent, I know what it's like to be a child and hopefully, I have gained those tools and experience, necessary to guide and teach disciplines needed to become a productive part of society.
Over each passing generation, we as a nation have become less concerned about integrity, morals and proper etiquette. It appears that power and winning by any means necessary have become the norm and not the exception. The question that comes to my mind is, why?! Have we lost our moral compass? The inability to discern between right and wrong, righteous or evil can only lead to chaos and confusion. What, then will we become?: Perhaps, a nation of lawlessness in which there is no trust in our own judicial system! As a citizen, how can I trust those who have authority over me with my well-being or safety? If those who are sworn to protect and are supposedly trained to make decisions that align with their sworn duties, can't be trusted with that privileged role, are we then forced to protect ourselves? Why have laws in place of which only some are held accountable to? It would then create an idea that every man is for himself and God for us all. Too much of anything, according to my parent's principles can be a bad thing therefore there has to be a balance of power, as it relates to parenting and ultimately governmental controls. Yet, we see more and more everyday government finding itself in our homes, schools, and churches as it relates to our own traditional and moral beliefs!
What we make deposits into will surely grow and eventually come out as something nurtured or neglected. As parents, our children are more than likely a product of their environment (how we raised them), or how we didn't raise them! Just recently we saw how Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was placed under great scrutiny and undeniable accusations, because of his alleged past conduct as a young adult in college. This person now sits in one of the highest seats in our judicial system and will be making decisions and helping to shape our country for as long as he lives! Was justice served and or due process followed according to the blueprint, or did pride and prejudice take a seat on the bench we call justice?
Let's take a look at our history in order to have a premise of which we can draw from in understanding how our roles reversed, and what we must do going forward to make sure we are in our rightful designations and positions as parents and children. It is my understanding, that our Constitution was written and founded on biblical principles! A blueprint is designed to give clear instructions and guidance on how to navigate through or accomplish something! Over each passing generation, there has been a chipping away of those values that held us to a higher standard, than animals. The elders were the ones we looked to for guidance, for surely their own mistakes, failures, and successes would serve as examples of what things we too would encounter. Not to say that things won't change or that we must not adapt to our current situations. But we must have a standard by which we live. If we do not, according to the bible, we will begin exchanging good for evil and vice versa. We must give back proper authority and the power to make sound decisions based on experience and wisdom, to those who have the integrity, discernment, wisdom, and respect of position and power to lead and guide our children into the future as not to become a fallen Nation!
History teaches us and serves as a mirrored reflection or a type of report card to help us understand and reflect on how we are doing! When the roles of man and woman, parent and child change so drastically, that there is no distinction between them, the blueprint no longer serves it's true and authentic purpose, here again is where confusion steps in and chaos begins! One of my favorite authors and educators Dr. Myles Munroe does an excellent job of defining and explaining the roles as it relates to male versus female when and how they changed, the impact of the change and why we have become who we are! With all that has been said, my major concern is, what direction are we going into, how will this thing play out as a society, when the roles and the rules have changed so drastically that we can no longer discern right from wrong or good versus evil!, criminal or citizen, free or slave?! I think we may want to get back to the blueprint unless our future goal is to become primitive and uncivilized!
Growing up in the 60's and 70's
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