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 they deserve.
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.