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How do you raise a Godly Teenage Daughter in today’s Culture?

Posted by truthtalklive on February 5, 2008

With role models such as Brittany Spears, Lindsey Lohan and others how are Christian parents to raise a Godly teenage daughter in todays culture?

Today’s guest is Nancy Rue, author of “Girl Politics, Cliques and Really Mean Chicks Body Talk” For more information about her or the book visit her website, www.faithgirlz.com.

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10 Responses to “How do you raise a Godly Teenage Daughter in today’s Culture?”

  1. Jeremiah said

    I didn’t get a chance to plug another website for those people that want to learn about biblical parenting…

    http://www.visionforum.com

    -Jeremiah

  2. Jeremiah said

    Also, your parsing of the term to ‘train’ is incorrect. It is quoted from Proverbs 22:6, the hebrew word ‘chanak’ and it connotates a narrowing approach, to restrict and force them into a correct manner.

    Also, your lack of reference to biblical discipline of children is surprising. All of those verses from which we derive the old expression ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’. We are shown a way of a shepherd, who sometimes needs to break the legs of the littlest of rebellious lambs, so they’ll never stray again. That doesn’t justify blatant abuse, but certainly connotates a toughness in parenting, the lack of which has resulted in the extreme slide that we’ve seen in society. If you don’t control your children’s decision making, they will likely choose the wrong manner, as ‘foolishness is bound in the heart of a child’.

  3. Ben Maulis said

    You actually love them. Do parents really follow Christ’s example in this or do they love their teenage daughters only under certain conditions? We love him because he first loved us. Can you not really even like your teenage daughter but still insist that in fact you love them? Do you really believe that is what love is? How would it affect your relationship to your heavenly Father if you believed that most of the time it was hard and greivous for him to put up with you, but that he would always say that he loved you anyway because of his goodness? Is God’s love unconditionally toward wretched sinners or is it toward those whom he has begotten again? While we were yet sinners, Christ died for those of us who believe, but those who have not received him shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. They are detestable to God. Those who believe were also once enemies of God in their minds, and we walked in ways of which we are now ashamed, but God begot us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus — that we should no longer remain in sin, because we are new creatures. The old creature has passed away having been crucified with Christ, behold all things are new. He who knew no sin was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God. So if we relate to our Father in heaven as one who accounts our faith to us for righteousness, for what do you account to your daughter righteousness? If you cannot answer, then it is not likely that she can either, which means that she has no clue how she might please you and has or will likely give up on doing so. Instead she will probably find it easier to please her “friends” or a boy whom she believes actually likes her.

    I’ve not read this book, but I understand that it addresses the relevant subject:
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  4. Ben Maulis said

    Jeremiah,

    Where are we shown that a shepherd’s way requires him to break the legs of a rebellious lamb? Is that from the scriptures? Is it from any authority on animal husbandry, or is it just a fable that preachers retell because they heard it told them? I’ve certainly heard it repeated many times among Christians, but as a person who has kept sheep myself I find it completely unbelieveable. Stock animals are sometimes hobbled, but broken bones often result in lameness or death. Whether a shepherd has any compassion for or merely an economic interest in his herd, such a practice would not make sense. Nevertheless, the fable is often retold accompanying an illustration of a shepherd with a lamb over his shoulders. Those illustrations do not themselves comprise such a teaching.

    Now as for training children, the things you referred to which are from the scriptures are true. Nevertheless, in the scriptures teenagers are often treated as adults and not as children. I cannot argue about what age, or circumstances, or conditions make the difference for a person, but consider this: The law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ. “But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.”

    “Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

    You can constrain a small child to your will, but if you have not written your law on their heart by the time they are a teenager, they will not be your’s. You can no more control your teenager by your laws than God could control Israel by his. His salvation required that he gave his people a new heart and a new spirit.

  5. John said

    What female in her right mind would want to emulate people like Lindsey Lohan and Brittany Spears? That’s not just silly, that’s Paris Hilton silly[smile]!

    Also, some of the freakiest[S @ M,bondage, very promiscuous], rudest[mean, very foul mouth], or sickest[sociopath, liked killing little animals for amusement] teenagers that I have known have come from ultra-religious Christian households.
    The sicko was a young man who’s father was a local Paster.
    And the freaky young lady’s parents were Catholic.We dated briefly and her parents hated me because I was a Pagan, and yet, their own daughter….if they only knew.I bet they still don’t know.She dumped me because I was too poor for her, and because I refused to slap her during love making. Ironic, yes?
    My point is, be careful with that “good Christian upbringing”, because it seems to backfire an awful lot, for some weird reason.

  6. Tripp said

    You don’t hear much about the fact that Jessica Simpson’s father was actually a preacher before leaving the church to manage his daughter’s career. Jessica used to sing in his church. Now she’s divorced and his other daughter made a sex tape that leaked out. Sad, just sad.

  7. Dan said

    Tripp Says:
    February 5, 2008 at 10:06 pm
    You don’t hear much about the fact that Jessica Simpson’s father was actually a preacher before leaving the church to manage his daughter’s career. Jessica used to sing in his church. Now she’s divorced and his other daughter made a sex tape that leaked out. Sad, just sad.
    ———————

    Sounds like a preacher’s kids alright.

  8. Dan said

    “Christian” kids these days are not taught anything of substance about the christian faith. If you randomly picked 10 teenagers aged 16 – 18 that were raised in christian homes and asked them basic questions like:

    What kind of tree did Adam & Eve eat from? (most would say ‘apple’ and not know that the bible doesnt specify what kind of tree it was)

    How many children did Adam & Eve have? (most would have no idea – those that think they know would say ‘2, Cain & Able’ – few would give the correct answer of ‘many, the bible doesnt give us an exact number’)

    Who created Satan?

    What was the claim Satan made about righteous Job?

    What is the basic story of Dinah and what valuable lesson do christians learn from it?

    Name 3 of Jesus’ ancestors.

    What king of Israel preceeded David?

    What prophet did God protect when thrown into a hungry lion’s den?

    Provide a scripture that shows how God views getting high on drugs?

    Provide a scripture that shows how God views getting drunk?

    What 4 books of the bible contain the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry?

    If Jesus’ parents lived in Nazereth, how did he come to be born in Bethlehem?

    How old was Jesus when his parents lost him and found him in the temple at Jerusalem conversing and questioning the teachers there?

    How old was Jesus when he was baptized?

    How old was Jesus when he died?

    What was the main them of Jesus’ preaching when he was here on earth?

    I guarantee you they would be doing amazingly well to answer 1/4 of these questions correctly. All these questions are BASIC stuff that ANY christian should readily know. Sadly most christian adults dont even know this basic stuff. Why not? Because most preachers in churches teach one thing: Believe in Jesus and be saved. To quote Delmar in the movie ‘Oh Brother Where Art Thou?’, “Neither God nor man’s got nuthin on me!”

    So is it really any surprise that young ones today that claim to be christian live very unchristian lifestyles? Jesus said, “By their fruits you will know them.”

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