Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom 12:2 NIV)
It’s nothing special to prevent children from being murderers, thieves and other criminals. Relatively few children degenerate so utterly and parents in this world do mourn over those few and cry for them too – together with the rest of the world. However its not quite so common in society to mourn for those, who have become hypocrites and nominal Christians as most parents and people are part of that crowd themselves.
Hardly any eye weeps for those countless children, who continue to loose more and more of their baptismal grace, who drift away further and further from their good shepherd Jesus Christ, who sink deeper and deeper into secular materialism, who allow ideologies and human rhetorics to drown out God’s word more and more in their lives and do not learn the saving gospel any more. To few hearts mourn for those and far to few parents care enough for that too. Far too many parents do not perceive the misery and wretchedness of souls without Jesus Christ and do not have a heart for those children without a saviour.
Oh, would it be that all parents would recognize this calamity and that they would search for Jesus until they found him as Mary did with painful tears, then things would soon change for the better for them and their children. There’s no way to raise children in a god-pleasing and Christlike manner without Christ.
Lord Jesus Christ! Ages ago you mourned for your people and wept over your city. You are merciful even over us and our nation for your mercy has no ended yet and your faithfulness does not rest nor slumber. Maintain us and our children in your grace and let us be living sacrifices – a blessing to your people and nations of this world and praise and glory to you! Amen (“Kirchenbuch” of Mecklenburg-Schwerin 1927 – literally Churchbook)
Wohl, wenn die Eltern gläubig sind, und wenn sie Kind und Kindeskind versäumen nicht am ewgen Glück; dann bleibet ihrer kein’s zurück.
Wohl solchem Haus! denn es gedeiht: die Eltern werden hoch erfreut, und ihren Kindern sieht man’s an, wie Gott die Seinen segnen kann.
So mach ich denn zu dieser Stund samt meinem Hause diesen Bund: Wenn alles Volk vom Herrn abwich, doch dienen wir Ihm ewiglich! (Christoph Karl Ludwig von Pfeil, 1712-1784)
(Translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Tuesday after the 1st Sunday after Epiphany as found on Pg. 56 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu! (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and puplished in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.)