Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
May 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Sanctity of Child Rearing
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday May 24, 2015
The Sanctity of Child Rearing
“...Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” ( Mt. 19:14 )
The infant at birth is but a biological entity in a new 
environment and devoid of a knowledge base to negociate 
in it. The philosopher, John Locke asserted that, at birth, 
the infant’s mind is lack a chalk board - on in computer 
terminology, a blank screen, but susceptible to 
impressions entered thereon. Hence, the infant is in need of 
and an extended period of nurture and training to be 
successfully transformed into a normal human being. 
Since the 4th Sunday at Institutional is devoted to a 
child focused worship and, today, it will include a 
dedication of a child, the sermon was entitled, “The 
Sanctity of Child Rearing”. It will be anchored by the 
following three concerns or parameters, namely: 
the significant of human training often referred to as 
socialization, some biblical anchors for training, and 
the positive outcomes from a Christian anchored 
child training with the home. 
The traditional synopsis of the scriptural anchor is 
omitted thereby allowing more time to develop the 
divisions of the sermon entitled, The Sanctity of Child 
Rearing. Since the concept Sanctity undergirds this sermon, 
it must first be defined as used in the subject. Accordingly, 
that logical demand is herein fulfilled by specifying the 
definition as used herein. Sanctity, in this connection, 
refers to the “ holiness of life and character, godliness, and 
the quality or state of being holy or sacred...” . Using this 
definition of sanctity, the subject presents child rearing as 
an opportunity and, concurrently, an obligation to view 
this responsibility as a sacred charge given by God to hand 
a part in his handiwork as specified in Psalm 8:4-6. 
Against this definition of sanctity, attention is now 
turned to the first dimension of the subject which is- 
the significance of human training for the normal 
development of the child. 
Child and Developmental Psychologists along with 
numerous related professional have conducted innumerable 
studies on the impact of nurture and systematic training 
for the normal development of a child. In the absence of 
such essential experiences, the child will experience a 
deficit in developmental process. Although not often 
discussed is a rare phenomenon known as ‘the wolf’ 
children. 
While there are sundry accounts of children being 
abandoned in the open woodland, there is a documented 
narrative of two girls in a remote wilderness of India 
having survived with and adopted some behaviors of 
wolves. The girls were named Amala and Kamala. 
They crawled instead of walked, the growled instead 
of talk, and they could see better at night that in the 
day. Upon being discovered and rescued, both girls 
lived but for a short time with the older one making 
more progress toward human behavior than the younger 
one. 
Although many years have passed since the Indian 
Cleric discovered the two girls, there are countless children 
being abandoned, trafficked, and even murdered owing to 
poverty and/or national disasters. Fortunately, we in 
America are blessed to be spared of such inhumane 
actions toward our children. However, there are challenges 
confronting parents and significant others with child training 
obligations. This fact leads to the second dimension of the 
sermon which is - 
Against the background on an extreme example of 
physical and social deprivation in child rearing, attention 
will now be directed to the first dimension of the sermon 
which is - some Biblical anchors for sanctity in child 
rearing. Since growth and development are expectations 
in child rearing, an important question becomes is there 
biblical list of indicators for child rearing? The answer is 
a resounding yes! It is found the physician and gospel 
writer - Luke’s - narrative of how Jesus, the child, grew. 
Luke wrote, “And the child grew, and waxed strong in 
Spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was 
upon him.” ( Lk. 2: 40 ). Within this one verse is an 
indication of physical development from foods or substance, 
interaction with the child, telling it about God because 
Luke noted that the child was waxed strong in the Spirit. 
Additionally components of this training must have 
included conversations in which decisions and conclusions 
must have been sought as noted in Luke’s reference to the 
child being filled with wisdom. From this type of implied 
sanctity of child rearing efforts, the efforts of Joseph and 
Mary must have pleased God since Luke noted that the 
grace of God was upon him. Their efforts, in later years, 
was an undergirding force that helped to structure and 
sustain Jesus during his earthly ministry. 
While this presentation on the early life of Jesus 
is rich with implications, it must be noted that the Bible 
has many other references, in both the Old and New, 
Testaments on the significance and consequence 
of sanctity in the child rearing process. Just two are 
herein cited: “Train up a child the way he should go: and 
when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ( Pr. 22:6 ). 
The second reference comes from the New Testament 
and was uttered by Paul to Timothy. He reminded Timothy 
of the faith held by both his grandmother and mother that 
he was persuaded that in him also it must be present. 
( 2nd Tim. 1:5 ). 
Before introducing the third aspect of this sermon, 
it is appropriate the indicate the time span between the 
First Century and this 21st Century. Although the Bible is 
yet tenable in its message, the socio cultural scene has 
greatly changed. Some obvious indicators include electronic 
technology, social media, parental indifference, child 
disrespect, child abuse laws and innumerable other 
social malfunctions. Despite these troubling realities, 
it is nonetheless to plan and implement rules and 
regulations with the home. Whenever such measures 
are prayerfully enforced, there will be positive outcomes 
within the family setting. This fact leads to the final 
concern of the sermon which is - What will sanctity in 
child rearing produce? The answer is far too extensive for 
inclusion herein. Hence, only a outcomes will be submitted. 
First, there will be peace, respect, and appreciation within 
the unit. Next, the book of Proverbs, asserts the mother’s 
“...children arise us, and call her blessed...” (21:28). Thirdly, 
upon maturing, the individual can truthfully say, “When 
I was a child, I spake as a child. I understood as a child, 
I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put 
away childish things” ( 1st Cor 13:11 ). Finally, the unit 
will know and can appreciate the poetic statement - 
The Family that prays together stays together. Amen!
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