If you grew up in a good Christian home and went on to public school or even attended any kind of college schooling then you’ve heard it. It usually comes with a raised eyebrow, sarcastic tone, and negative connotation.
“Wow, you were so sheltered!”
In high school and even now in college I get that from my friends and even unfortunately from other Christians. I wonder, why does being sheltered have a negative connotation? Probably because in the minds of most, sheltered = ignorance. I don’t believe that to be the case. I’m proud to have been sheltered, because my parents went about it in the right way.
In my eyes sheltered means that my parents cared enough about me to try to keep all the negative and harmful things OUT of our home. They didn’t however leave me uneducated about them. If I heard a term or a phrase at school, or if they heard something in a movie I was watching, they would be the first people I felt comfortable going to and asking about it. Not only that but they actively talked to me about the things I should expect in the world beyond our front door, instead of waiting for me to ask which might not have happened. They protected me in the home, but at the same time they prepared me for what the world is like outside of it.
I don’t have kids, although I have plenty of experience being one, but I’m thankful that my parents both protected me and prepared me, and continue to do so, for the “real world”. The negative connotation that comes along with the typical “sheltered” stereotype is because parents often try to isolate their children from the world rather than protect and prepare them for living in it.
Parents, God expects both you and your children to:
Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The majority of you child’s life will not be spent under your roof, it will be spent in the world.
A shelter is defined as:
“A place giving TEMPORARY protection from danger”.
Our homes can give temporary protection, but the most valuable aspect is whether or not we are preparing young people to go into the world and take the Gospel to others. There is the old saying that, ” if we don’t teach our kids about ______ the world will.” It’s true.
I’m proud to have been sheltered, (protected and prepared) thanks mom and dad!
Just my thoughts, I’d love to hear yours!