Samuel O. Doku (Washington, DC). While some schools in the DMV reopened this week, others will reopen after Labor Day weekend, so the senior pastor at Amazing Love Church Ministry Int’l, Pastor Georges-William Ntemi admonished parents to be intrinsically involved in the training of their children to open the floodgates to a bright future for them.
Preaching a sermon whose thematic framework was characterized by “Charity Begins at Home” and “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child,” the apostle of God’s first citation came from Ephesians 6: 1-4: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on earth. And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
In further analysis, Pastor Georges stated that children are a powerful army that should be trained well to battle courageously and defeat soldiers of injustice, hatred, and racism in the country. “Children constitute 20 percent of the world’s population today but they are 100 percent of the future. They are the army of the future that will invade the White House. They are the army of the future that will invade the nations and schools to correct injustices,” said Pastor Georges.
He added that it is the responsibility of parents to train their children to have the mentality of champions so that they would go out into the world with high self-esteem and courage to confront injustice when it is being paraded as justice.
“Parents must own up to the responsibility of training their children well with God’s instructions. It cannot be pnly the School because the Ten Commandments have been taken out of schools. It cannot be only the Church because pastors are not omnipresent to ensure children are practicing what is being taught. Parents, you are the ones with your children all the time, so it is your responsibility to raise well trained children. Who will train your children, if not you?” said Pastor Georges.
Quoting Proverbs 22: 6, he said, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
He then unpacked the quotation with a powerful message on gossiping. “Be a start-up for your children. Your style of living should impress your children. Be an example to them. You are not setting a good example for your children if any time they return home, you are on the phone gossiping about the pastor and others. If your child sees you gossiping all the time, she will grow to be a gossiper,” said the blessed man of God.
In a textually based sermon, Pastor Georges returned to the Scripture to cite Deut. 6: 4-9, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one God, and thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thine heart, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
“And thou shall bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on the gates.”
On that note, Pastor Georges commended young people of the Church, still in school, for having the wisdom to love the Lord with all their hearts as a result of which they gathered at the Church on Friday night and prayed fervently for the Lord to guide their paths throughout the school year for all to be well with them. However, he warned those with evil hearts that they would soon be withered out of the Church.
In accordance with his textual message, he again cited Proverbs 23: 13-14, “Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod and deliver his soul from hell.”
Pastor Georges chastised children who feel so proud about being disciplined that when their parents correct them, they feel ashamed, sometimes infuriated that their conscience has been brought to bear on their errant ways.
He declared: “The home is not a democracy; it’s an oligarchy and parents are in charge. So long as a child lives at home, the parents have every right to discipline that child. Parents must impose their will rooted in the word of God on their children to help them avoid the many pitfalls that entrap some of their peers without parental guidance,” stated the apostle of God.
Pastor Georges accentuated the importance of children in the family structure with Psalm 127: 4-5, “As arrows are in the hands of a mighty man, so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed but speak with the enemy in the gate.”
Pastor Georges reiterated that children are hundred percent of the future, so they must be well trained to take their rightful places in society as leaders and entrepreneurs in society.
“Children must be trained to avoid spewing hate-filled diatribes as speeches. The freedom pf speech also means the freedom to be wise enough to refrain from making demeaning speeches that will create tension, unease, and discomfort among certain ethnic groups.”
The apostle of God cited Proverbs 22:15, “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” He asserted that nobody teaches a child how to steal but because humanity was born into sin, it is the responsibility of parents to correct and train that child to know that stealing is bad and must be avoided.
In his concluding remarks, Pastor Georges observed that the Bible’s word to parents is train, train, and train. And to children, it says obey, obey, and obey. “Bless your children just like God blessed Adam and Eve. He asked them to be fruitful and multiply.” Other texts the blessed man of God
cited were Gen. 12: 1-3, Deut. 21-18-21, Proverbs 13: 24, Proverbs 29: 15, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, and Deut. 6: 6. Finally, Pastor Georges facilitated students’ return to school by giving each student a check to meet their shopping needs.