This video has created quite a stir!
On the surface, I understand why people are wary and suspicious of this philosophy. As a parent, I believe it is my absolute responsibility to raise my kids well – to invest in them – to build, if you will, good people.
But as a student pastor, I also recognize what a tough and lonely job that can be. I love partnering with parents to assist them in their own ‘building projects.’
Here’s the subtle difference: one philosophy suggests that parents and ‘community’ serve equally and combined…possibly even suggesting parents turn over the building plans to someone else. I believe that parents, however, are the primary builders — and, frankly, the most important ones. My see my role as a community member as assisting in their building project when and where needed and allowed.
And for the record, as parents, we don’t ‘own’ our children – but we fully own the responsibility for raising them…and if there are flaws in our design plan….well, then we own those, too.