– Remember that proverbs are not promises; they are general truths
– The book of Proverbs teaches us how to live wisely
– We should do our best to raise our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, trusting that in many cases, they will follow
– We are elect exiles in this world (1 Peter 1:1).
– We are tasked with spreading a message that is counter-cultural (1 Peter 2:9, 3:15).
– The apostles’ example was to take every opportunity to proclaim Christ (Acts).
– We should expect our gospel-spreading presence to bring opposition (1 Peter 4:12-14).
– All authority is to be respected.
– The Bible allows for respectful confrontation of authority figures.
– The strongest resource for confrontation is the Word of Christ in the hands of the Spirit of Christ spoken by the body of Christ.
– Respectfully confront your dad.
– Entrust yourself to the Lord.
– Comfort and exhort your family with the Word.
– The predominant theme of the NT pertaining to the believer’s relationship to the government is to submit to authority (Rom 14; 1 Peter 2)
– The church, not the government, is God’s chosen instrument to spread the gospel (Matt 28:18-20)
– Our desire should be a government that honors God and allows the church to pursue her mission unencumbered (1 Tim 2:1-4)
– Given NT principles regarding government and the church, it may be best to lean toward candidates who are strong on religious liberty and freedom of speech.
1. Teach them first to turn to the Lord. Psa 3, 27; Rom 8:28-30
2. Teach them to turn to the governing authorities as God’s means of dealing with wrongdoers. Rom 13:1-4
3. Teach them it is never okey to retaliate, but that in cases of physical bullying, it is permissible to defend oneself. Matt 5:39b; Exo 22:2-3
– Submission is yielding from the heart to the will of another.
– One biblical exception: when an authority commands us to do something contrary to the will of God. Acts 5:27-30
– Submission does not mean keeping your mouth shut. Eph 4:15; Rom 15:14
– Submission shows itself to be submission when there is disagreement.