Russell Moore says Parenting is ‘a Cross’ that Will ‘Humble and Humiliate You’, ‘Family is a Picture of Spiritual Warfare’

Russell Moore, president of ERLC, kicks off the 2017 ERLC National Conference with his keynote, "Cross-Shaped Parenting," Aug. 24, 2017. (PHOTO: ERLC/SCREENGRAB)
Russell Moore, president of ERLC, kicks off the 2017 ERLC National Conference with his keynote, “Cross-Shaped Parenting,” Aug. 24, 2017. (PHOTO: ERLC/SCREENGRAB)

Parenting is “a cross” that will “humble” and “humiliate” you, and the family is the picture of spiritual warfare — one that teaches people to depend on God, said Southern Baptist Russell Moore.

Gathered before 1,300 people in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s conference on Christ-centered parenting, Moore cast a Christocentric theological vision for family life and parenting. He prefaced this with a reading of the gospel account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion.

In an age when people send Christmas letters and publicize their affairs — usually only the positive highlights — on social media, life can seem lonely and harsh, the ERLC president explained.

“In our culture, parenting is about winning and displaying, it’s about making sure that people recognize that we are good people and we are doing the right thing with our children, that we’re responsible. And we also have this sense that there’s something awry with our family, we’re afraid that people are going to judge us,” Moore said.

In the scary moments of parenting, parents sometime ignore the hard realities and they “smile [their] way through it,” he added.

Parenting has never not been difficult, Moore noted. It is a challenge that transcends time and space.

A friend of Moore’s told him that he knew parenting would be “humbling” but had no idea it would be “humiliating.”

“Anybody who has been a parent for very long will soon recognize just how humiliating parenting is going to be,” Moore said.

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SOURCE: Brandon Showalter 
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