By Trace Embry
Have you ever wondered why a teenager seems to make so many foolish decisions? It’s because they do.
Have you noticed that they don’t seem to equate action and consequence? It’s because often times they can’t.
The frontal lobe in the brain contains the area that links action to consequence, and it is not fully developed until a person is 25 years old.
This is why parents need to intercede by giving and enforcing consistent boundaries.
Today’s culture, and now even the church, has made the mistake of giving way too many decisions and liberties to a generation that can’t handle them prudently.
What is prudence in today’s culture? If a 13 year old girl is pregnant; legally, in many – if not most areas of the country, she can be taken out of class, driven down to Planned Parenthood by her guidance counselor, have an abortion, and her mother and father never have to know about it! For those of us whose frontal lobes are fully developed, what are we thinking–allowing a law like this?
What are we thinking giving a child, who is 12 years removed from having her frontal lobe fully developed, the freedom to exercise a heavy decision such as abortion?
Christian parents need to understand that God, most often through scripture, is where we need to be taking our parenting cues from—not the culture or the government. Chew on this awhile…
Frontal lobe development is biological science. I will present an idea about the frontal lobe and teenagers you may find interesting in a future blog. For now, give your kids the boundaries that deep within their spiritual being they desire. It’s their flesh that is crying out to fulfill carnality. But, the flesh isn’t the sum total of what or who they are!
Remember Romans chapter 7 regarding the law and sin, i.e., Romans 7:25 “I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
If a law goes against God’s truth, do you follow the law, or God’s word?