God Parenting

Are parents choosing god parents for the wrong reasons, are they expecting too much?

Some parents get the definition of god parents confused. They think god parenting is give give give. They get the reason for choosing god parents confused with choosing people they believe to be the best source of wealth, which distorts the true meaning of being god parents and brings on unnecessary stress.

In reality god parenting is when the mother and father can no longer take care of the child or the parents become deceased, the god parent will step in and take care of the child or children. Parents should not expect god parents to give give give or to compete with other god parents for giving, the gifts of material things, but to show love and to guide the child in the direction of God. The book of Webster states the definition of god parent as:

A male godparent is a godfather, and a female godparent is a godmother. The child is a godchild (godson, goddaughter). Traditionally, the godparents were counted informally responsible for ensuring that the child's religious education is carried out, and for caring for the child should he/she be orphaned. Today, the word godparent may not have explicitly religious overtones. The (particularly) modern definition of a godparent is “an individual chosen by the parents to take a vested interest in raising a more complete human being.”

God parenting is not a legal position, and should the parents seriously intend the godparents to act as foster parents in case of their death, this must be legally specified through the usual means (such as a will). A godparent may, or may not, be related to the child. A child may have one or several godparents. God parenting is entirely a tradition, neither condemned nor condoned in Scripture.


"I am a god parent, who for reasons unknown to me, fell out of grace with the parents. Though a reality, that is a hurting thing. Because of that and no money, I do not feel comfortable contacting my god child. I pray for her success." -- Art

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