5 Steps to Shield Your Children from Hate and Promote Love

How can we safeguard our children and grandchildren from the growing influence of hate groups?

The Rising Tide of Hate Groups In recent years, there has been a worrying increase in hate groups, such as the KKK, white supremacy factions, and extreme political factions on both ends of the spectrum. The Southern Poverty Law Center monitors hate groups across the nation, working to expose them to local authorities and the public. With nearly 1,000 documented hate groups in every state in the U.S., it’s crucial to ensure that our children and grandchildren are protected from their harmful influence.

Be Mindful of Your Words

Children and grandchildren are always watching and listening, absorbing more than we may realize. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers must recognize the weight of their words and actions. By being cautious about our own biases and agendas, we can prevent them from influencing our children. Teach them that God is displeased when we favor some people over others.

Embrace Colorblindness

Strive to be colorblind regarding skin color, ethnicity, and religion. When we classify people by their appearance, we are diminishing their true identity. Instead, focus on the heart, not the surface. By not discriminating against people in front of our children, we may prevent them from developing such biases themselves.

Rely on God’s Word

In addition to sharing our own life experiences, it’s essential to teach our children from the Word of God. Help them understand what God thinks about hate and remind them that God does not discriminate. Jesus’ teachings on loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us emphasize that there is no room for hate in a believer’s life.

Know Your Child’s Friends

Take the time to know your children’s friends and their parents. Be aware of the company your child keeps, as they tend to adopt the behavior of those they spend the most time with. Encourage positive relationships that promote love and understanding.

Remind Them of Jesus’ Example

Teach children about Jesus’ compassion for the poor, the helpless, the disabled, and the sick. Show them how to respond with love and empathy, rather than judgment and anger. By modeling love and compassion, we can help children develop these qualities, pass them on to their own children, and create a brighter future for the next generation.

Conclusion

Our actions and teachings directly impact our children and grandchildren, shaping the way they approach the world. It’s our responsibility to break the cycle of bias and prejudice in our families, fostering hope for future generations. By teaching our children and grandchildren that hate is unacceptable, and that love is the mark of a true disciple, we can create a more loving, understanding world (John 13:34-35; 1st John 1:2-3).