The apostle Paul told us that in the last days men will be lovers of themselves more than lovers of God. This is obvious. Go to any town all across the US, and you will see more cars at the mall or in the parking lot of Walmart, than at most of your local churches combined. I can understand the person who does not have faith in God, because he can’t see Him with his eyes or touch Him with his hands, who is more concerned with loving himself than loving God. But, I can’t understand the parent who loves himself or herself more than his/her children.
Recently, I witnessed a situation where a teenager was in trouble for a sexual crime against another younger child. The teen got in trouble for the crime. But, what really bothered me was the fact that the parent sent the teen to live with the grandparents, because the parent was more concerned about a new relationship with another adult instead of the relationship with the teenager. Every week in court I see grandparents that are raising their grandkids, not because of tragedy, but because the parents are too sorry, lazy, or selfish to take care of their own children. I wanted to tell this parent that their child was here first and was more of a priority than the new relationship. But, I didn’t get the opportunity.
I know that we all can be selfish. We have a sin nature that causes us to struggle with selfish wants and desires. But, when you are responsible for bringing a new life into this world, your wants, needs, and desires are no longer first priority in your life. It is now your duty and responsibility to meet the needs of your children.
Parents need to grow up and be responsible for their own families. Quit putting your problems off on others, and quit being so consumed with yourself. If you raise your children properly, then after they are grown there will be plenty of time for loving yourself.
We must be getting close to the end. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. It is our only hope.