Re:Verse passage – Exodus 20:14 (day three)

“You shall not commit adultery.”

Children are the most vulnerable beings on earth. Other creatures will survive and thrive on instinct. A child will survive and thrive to the degree she is formed in spirit, mind, body, and social context. Marriage—for all of the attention paid to communication, sex, Mars, Venus, love language, etc., etc.—is a vocation ordered to the creation and raising of children. A mother and a father form the body and the character of a child, and whenever there is a disruption of that order, the child’s life bears the imprint of that disruption. Every family knows disruption in one form or another due to the general depravity of man. This commandment does not say, “Thou shalt not be fallen.” That’s now out of our hands. But it does say, “Mind the things you can indeed control.”

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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  1. Right on Bryan, I have seen too many, especially in our own families, where the children are the victims when a relationship falls apart. These innocent children just want to be loved as God intended them to be by a loving dad & mom, not 2 people who never intended to stay together. Too many folks today, too many I personally know as friends of our children, don’t ever intend to make that commitment to the Lord or to the child they created, they just want a baby…period..but raising a child together and not in a committed relationship of marriage is so damaging to that child who becomes a young person then an adult who perpetuates that same chain of disobedience to our God. It’s a real shame. We as believers need to set the example of what a loving married relationship should look like so these younger versions of ourselves have role models to emulate.

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