Growing up, did you ever hear the words “because I said so!” Are parents right to use such terminology with children? Is there any real problem with parents who use that terminology? Well, we are supposed to do things as unto God. Colossians 3:23 talks about doing what you do with all of your heart as unto the Lord. The Lord is our role model and His practice was to converse with man, not just to decree “because I said so!” Now understand that He is God and He can do that if He so desires, but the Lord has always wanted to fellowship with man. Even in the garden God wanted to fellowship with Adam and Eve. That is why he walked in the Garden of Eden with them. That is also why He gave his only son to die for the sins of the world so that man could come back into fellowship with him. God has wanted us to KNOW the plans that He has for us, His expectations for us and His will for us. He would be wrong to be a father who has expectations of us and not to tell us what those expectations are. Because I said so would not be the just thing to do and God is a God who is just.
Because I said so – keeps children outside of the thinking patterns of adults. In these last days it is important for children to know “why”, because that “why” is what is going to allow them to make decisions for themselves. That why should be based on the Word of God. So, it shouldnt be because I said so, it should be because the Word of God teaches so. We need to teach our kids that our authority is the Word and that the Word should be their authority as well. Try not to use the words because I said so . . . let your children know why you say what you say and do what you do . . . show them how you have learned to trust God to direct your path. Teach them how to trust God to direct theirs as well.