Traditional african and christian response to leadership style as a family problem
Traditional African and Christian response to leadership style as a family problem:-God’s leadership is important for the existence and continuity of a family. However there are different styles of leadership in families.- Some parents are autocratic and unreasonable while others are liberal. -In autocratic homes children have no say and are not allowed any freedom or allowed to associate with others. -It is observed that children from such backgrounds become aggressive and hostile to other children.- As they mature into adolescence, they may become rebellious and deliberately frustrate their parents. -Some of these children may become irresponsible because they have not been given a chance to grow and make decisions on their own.- In liberal homes children are given too much freedom. -None of these styles of leadership is good. -A good home is where the parents bring up their children in love and in fear and knowledge of God.- In traditional African communities, it is the responsibility and duty of individual parents and the community to bring up children.- Guidance and counselling and relevant teaching is given to children as they graduate from one stage to another. -The community has a strict code of conduct, which is followed by all people.-Deviants are severely punished. -The communal responsibility ensures that parents bring up their children as expected. -Any child who misbehaves is disciplined or punished on the spot by an adult present. -The Bible teaches parents to bring up and discipline their children in love. -Children are advised to obey and respect their parents.- In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he taught parents not to: “Treat your children in such a way as to make them angry.- Instead bring them up with Christian discipline and instruction” (Ephesians 6:4).