Is child-like faith conversion required to be mature? Here we see an underlying reason why Satan has worked so hard to destroy the family. Beginning in the fifties, the world has relentlessly ridiculed fathers, expected women to take control, empowered children, sexualized society, driven material prosperity, and all the rest.
One of the results of this happens to many. My child-like trust of my father in the flesh was basically destroyed when I was six and seven years old. It doesn’t matter how that happened. I have forgiven the people who seem to have caused it. But from that time on, I had little or no trust in my parents.
Lack of child-like faith is now normal
I thought it was normal. All the children I knew felt the same way as far as I knew. I wasn’t abused. The inciting events were allowed to fester out of simple ignorance. But, the result is that I do not remember ever having child-like faith until recently—after knowing the Lord for over 46 years. But as I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize that most of the children and teenagers I knew did have that kind of trust for their parents. In the 50s, my experience was not all that common.
But in the twenties of the new millennium, it has become normal. In fact, it is now rare that anyone trusts their parent of either gender. If they do, it is usually directed toward the mother. Many mothers today have assumed the role of father as well as mother. This happens to single mothers, of course. But it also infects families, in general. The destruction of the family in the US is nearly complete.
But, a child-like faith conversion is required to be mature
This can be very difficult. For me, I didn’t even realize I had never known this child-like trust. Though I have taught for years that faith means trusting in one who is able, I never connected that to a child-like trust in the omnipotence of my father. I teach the necessity of Knowing Jesus personally. How I could be focused on that and yet not see Jesus’ child-like faith embarrasses me now. As a man, His trust of the Father was absolute.
In recent years, the Lord has enabled me to live by faith, simply trusting in Him to take care of things. This morning, I was reading in Matthew’s story about child-like faith and was struck by the phraseology.
Jesus called a little child to Him and set him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this little child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18: 2-4 MEV
Suddenly, I saw how the Holy Spirit has been healing me. I didn’t have enough sense for child-like faith. So, He built it in me. Alleluia!