A harried mom with two out-of-control boys had been to psychologists and psychiatrists with no relief. In desperation she went to the preacher. Begging for help she told him that they were monsters. He wanted to see each boy one at a time, and not knowing how to help, the preacher decided to put the fear of God into these young boys. He asked, "Where is God?" and the boy just looked at him. Thinking that he had shocked him into silence, he asked again, "Young man, where is God?" The boy bolted out of the room, grabbed his brother, and said, "We are in big trouble now. God is missing, and they think we did it!"

Is God missing? I have seen a disturbing trend over the last thirty years of God missing from our family life.

A visiting dignitary to America commented about what impressed him. He responded that he was impressed about how well the parents obeyed their kids. Are we idolizing children to the point of worship and think that they are our hope? Michael Jackson penned these words which most of us have heard: "We are the world. We are the children. We are the ones who make a brighter day. So, let's start giving. There's a choice we're making. We're saving our own lives. It's true; we'll make a better day. Just you and me."

Do you hear what he is saying? If we want a strong, confident world, just leave it to the children. Keep your adult opinions to yourself and let them do what they want. Take the warm feelings we have about our children and mix that with half-truths, and we have a culture in which kids rule. Politicians running for office don't say kids don't rule. Our culture says kids rule. We have twisted priorities.

The laws of God nurture children and have values for parents and children, which teach them to be what He wants them to be. Scripture makes a clear distinction between being child-like – which is being open, transparent, and honest – and being childish, which is being selfish and rebellious. We must carefully make the distinction.

An article in U.S. News and World Report stated, "More than any other people in the world, Americans publicly talk about and worry about their children. The prevailing concern of the parents is not what the child ought to believe and live up to in concerns of standards and beliefs and religious faith, but what is "best for the child." This same writer says, "For fifteen to twenty years now, when I've asked American people, 'What did they believe in?' they have said, 'I believe in my children. I believe in my children.'" Parents forget that children need discipline and a sense of commitment to something bigger than themselves. But, in America, we say that whatever we do, we should not limit the children.

Recently, a judge ruled that a city's teen curfew violates the due process and rights of children. How crazy is that? We limit children's rights every day. We don't let eight-year-old children drive cars; we limit them. Society without limits equals chaos. Our kids are in trouble because of no limits. Kids don't need to be worshipped, and they certainly can't handle being God. They need standards, along with a society that says there's a God who is bigger than they are. They aren't the future; God is the future. The Bible says, My son, hear the instruction of your father and do not forsake the law of your mother. Left to themselves, kids become perverse and weird. Put God in His place, and kids will know their place … and feel secure.

God is missing. Who do you think did it? It is as obvious as Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick. We did it. God is missing, and we are responsible. Let's put Him back where He belongs, and our kids will know where they belong.

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  • Charles Lowery