I was watching Alvin and the chipmunks: Chipwrecked a couple of days ago with my family.  In  the movie Dave was convinced by Simon to give Alvin some slack so he could show that he could act responsibly rather than be constantly told to follow rules and be made to be responsible. Chipmunks are wild animals, they did not start off in cages so it wasn’t natural for them to be confined, but they have been bred as pets and now are content in captivity as it is all they know! And at least six of them can sing!!

This got me thinking about boundaries, parents have to set them for their children from an early age, for their safety from physical boundaries like babygates and child-proof catches, to theoretical boundaries like “do not hit your brother/sister/me or there will be consequences!” The boundaries we set sometimes have to be flexible and evolve, a 6 month old cannot help you cook but a 3 year old can stir something in a saucepan under supervision.

There was a philosophy around child-rearing, that said giving a small child a small knife to “play with” was a good idea as it taught them to handle small items and the dangers of sharp objects! I don’t buy into that philosophy and the only thing we allow our youngest child to cut things with, is their little childs knife from their cutlery set or with playdough “knife”!

We all know that where there are no rules, anarchy reigns until someone takes a dominant role and then tries to instill order again!  There was once a reality show where they put a group of young boys in a house without parents (the boys’ parents were watching via hidden cameras) to see what they would do, the house was trashed, the boys got hungry a day or so into it as they couldn’t cook for themselves and there was a lot of upset and arguments! The girls didn’t fair much better if i remember correctly!

It says in Romans 5:20-21 that:-

“Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing; but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

It wasn’t that making laws made people bad because

“There was sin in the world before the Law was given; but where there is no law, no account is kept of sins.”

I heard someone once try and expound the argument about the existence/non-existence of God and used the question, “If we are an accident (due to big bang & evolution) then there is no basis for us actually being responsible for anything we do, as it is a “fluke” that we even are here on this earth, there is no design, no sense of morality, no responsibility, no one who we are to give account to!”

What Judge in his right mind, will accept that as a reasonable argument for getting out of a prison sentence?

Sorry Guv, but it’s not my fault, it’s the combination of chemicals in my brain that made me shoot that bank clerk!

I have said it before and I am saying it again. God is a loving parent, like any good parent he says “don’t do that or you will get hurt!” Are we going to be obstinate and do it anyway or are we going to listen to his infinite wisdom and knowledge? But when we mess up he doesn’t say “I told you so!” He says “come here.. I love you! Please do as I say next time!?

What do you think?

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