Parents asked to control their sexual urges and stop defiling children and stay faithful to your spouse. We all know what it is like to attend the burial of a man in our community and for children from other women to appear at the burial asking for support. Most of the time, his wife and her children never knew about these other women and their children.
As you know, the
Church of Uganda has declared 2019 to be the Year of Children. I have said many
times that our children are suffering. They are suffering from neglect and from
abuse. Most of the suffering our children endure is because of selfish decisions
made by their parents.
But, Parents – I am here
today to tell you that you no longer have to be enslaved to your selfish
decisions. When you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, you can
walk in the power of his death and resurrection.
Jesus’ death and resurrection
give you the power to exercise self-control. You are no longer a slave to your
sexual instincts and desires.
Parents – you can control
your time and make sure you give your children enough of your undivided
attention to talk with them and be engaged with them. Too many parents leave
the house before the children are awake and return home after they are asleep.
Children are not being raised by their parents, but are being raised by house
helpers who may not share your values. Children get concerned and think they
are the ones who have caused their parents to neglect them. But, that’s not
true. Children haven’t done anything wrong. It’s their parents who have chosen
their own selfish interests and neglected their children.
But, Parents – Jesus’ death
and resurrection gives you the power to exercise self-control. You are no
longer a slave to your selfish interests and desires. You have the power of
Jesus’ resurrection and are free to give your children the time and attention
Step-parents. I also want to
say something to you. There are good step-parents in Uganda, but there are also
step-parents who are monsters. Some of you force your partner to choose between
you or the child. The child is the one who suffers by being sent away to be
cared for by a relative or a stranger who considers the child only as cheap
labour to fetch water and firewood. Many of these children end up being
trafficked into sex slavery. This is terrible and must stop.
Please hear the good news!
Jesus’ death and resurrection gives you the power to be set free from your
selfish interests and to be free to love your step-children.
Our children desperately need
parents who have embraced the death and resurrection of Jesus for themselves.
It is the only way to protect our children and ensure they have the best
opportunities to grow into the full stature of Christ and to also personally
know the freedom that comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus.