What can you do if you find your teen displays destructive behavior?
Clothing: A Sign of Destructive Behavior
All through Scripture, God’s people were rebuked and condemned for acquiring the practices and ways of pagan societies.
Arguably this includes the occult fashions of these societies.
“Don’t do what the pagans do” is a broad biblical statement.
Either way, you as a parent, have the right to stay true to your convictions and determine whether you’ll allow your teen to adorn him or herself with clothing, makeup, hairstyles, tattooing or piercings commonly associated with the occult.
Being morally and legally obligated to feed, clothe and house your child, you should also be morally obligated before God to rightly determine what fashions might be an offense to God and allowed in your home.
How to Prevent Destructive Behavior
The first several verses of Proverbs chapter 2 talks about how a son acquires the knowledge of God. I’m sure the same holds true for daughters too.
In these verses, the key to finding God is to have a burning desire for God.
To desire anything we must first acquire an appetite for it. Well, you can’t acquire an appetite for something you haven’t first been exposed to.
Regularly exposing our kids to God’s Word—particularly the Proverbs—is a basic step toward them acquiring healthy appetites for God. After their appetites spawn desire, and desire prompts a diligent search, the knowledge of God is freely given.
Diligently searching for God may begin loosening your teen’s hold on any destructive behavior. However, the question is: Is anyone diligently searching?
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Conversation Starter: Does your teen struggle with destructive behavior? If so, what are some proactive steps you can implement?