The story isn’t just click-bait, it’s a tragic true story stranger than fiction. Everyone assumed the man lived alone on the Dutch farm near the canal. He was the only person anyone ever saw. He worked a garden and milked a goat. No one knew he was keeping his family in the cellar, waiting for the world to end.
The six younger members of the group (presumably children of the 58-year-old man), reportedly, did not know there were any other people in the world. Until one of them, a 25 years old, wandered out at night and discovered a pub — filled with people.
We might all understand the desire to protect our kids from the world but we can also see the implications of this kind of isolationism. While there is a temptation to recede from the world and its troubles, the Gospel compels us to do just the opposite, preparing our kids our best we can to “shine as lights in this perverse generation.” That’s how the Apostle Paul put it in Philippians 2, “become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Carmen Fowler LaBerge