VIEW: Children are the greatest blessing and they are pure fun

My 5 year old son loves to argue with me. About anything, really. He had a nervous breakdown on the way home from the shop once because I didn’t let him drive. It doesn’t matter if he’s 3 years old or his feet can’t reach the gas or brake. He claims to be 37 now because the fewer people older than him, the happier he looks. He often claims to have never been a baby or little at all, which I’ve never heard of anyone doing. Even Jesus was a baby, I remind him.

My wife said she said she was in high school recently when she asked a woman at the store her age. My wife says it’s because it’s a type 8 Enneagram, and all the stories and quirks don’t end there.

The other day, my 5-year-old son accidentally came to me and asked if he had taken all my money when I died. I didn’t have the courage to tell them that there wasn’t enough to worry about in your life right now. Then I asked my wife, “Why did God create mosquitoes?” she asked. The correct answer is about the fall of humanity, but my wife said this is a great question to ask God himself. Then, “Since you’re going to die first, will you ask him for me?” he joked.

My wife and I will have a third son in October and it’s a little frustrating because there is so much responsibility and work. As a parent, I don’t always do my best work, but my love for my children is never lacking. My family has done a great job of being generous to me. How can I do less for my children? I can’t imagine a life without any of these and I always pray for parents who have lost their child. I don’t understand but my heart really hurts for them.

The John Locke Foundation says it envisions a state with strong families. It’s probably the most important word under the “Locke’s Vision” section on the website. After all, a strong family is a necessity for a healthy society.

Famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, “The family is the source of all mental and moral influences.”

It’s pointless to argue for a free society without strong families. It’s like preaching motorcycle safety while driving around without a helmet on your head.

The disorganization of the family will automatically mean a more centralized power for the state. Weak families create more dependence on the government. That’s why statists and Marxists like to break up the family. It shatters the greatest buffer between the individual and the state. When the moral character of the family falls, so does the state of our political affairs.

“The family is the human race’s natural defense against utopianism,” said American Enterprise Institute Scholar Michael Novak (1933-2017).

I am grateful every day for my children. I don’t understand a society that can throw away the lives of the innocent among us. Children are the greatest blessing you can receive and are only an inconvenience when you focus on yourself above all else.

The family is where children receive the greatest moral education and where parents are blessed. I am a better person today thanks to my children. I am constantly learning how to model grace and forgiveness. I see the Parable of the Prodigal Son in new ways. The bonus is that I’m constantly having fun and laughing at the daily nonsense. At the same time, I am constantly reminded that raising my son is the most important profession and service in my life.

As a society, we cannot go beyond the family, which is the most basic social structure for healthy societies and the nation. Relying on the markets or even the Constitution is never enough to secure our freedom and rights.

For a truly healthy society, renewal begins and ends with the family. We must never forget this simple truth when we see the family being attacked daily by forces that desire its destruction.

Ray Nothstine is the Carolina Journal opinion editor and a Second Amendment research fellow at the John Locke Foundation.

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