Parents urged to be mindful of spiritual values imparted to children


CHILDREN are future of our churches and the country and we should change for a better society, Lutheran church pastor Geocengadang Kedabing says.
He said parents needed to be mindful of the moral and spiritual values they imparted to their children.
Ps Kedabing said raising children to take on challenges in the world had become a cumbersome task for many parents due to several factors such as unplanned marriage, low literacy level and unemployment couple with the increase in the cost of living (clothing, feeding, educating and housing children).
He said parents needed to discipline themselves before executing their moral duty and responsibilities to teach children accordingly to become better citizens.
Fr Kedabing said simply reading Scriptures was not enough to translate into action the meaning of what was written.
“Reading and knowing the Scriptures by heart and executing it are two different things,” he said.
“Parents have a core responsibility to translate the meaning in the Scripture into practical sense for children to understand and to inspire them to be involve in sharing, caring, loving and respecting one another.”
Kedabing made the remarks during Lae city circuit Sunday school (LCSS) combined thanksgiving fellowship at Wanbel parish, Tent Siti, Lae on Sunday.
The fellowship involve 17 LCSS pupils singing and dancing as they brought their offerings and gifts.
The theme was taken from the passage in Ephesians 6:1-4: “Children, obey your parents for this is right. Honour your father and mother. This is the first commandment with a promise. That it may go well with you to live long on the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
LCSS coordinator Peter Murawa said the event was an annual event that brought children from 17 families to praise and worship with offerings of thanks.