|Baby Bennett with his proud father|
In reading the Bible this morning I came upon this passage of scripture in Judges 2:6-7, 10: "When Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance to take possession of the land. And the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great work that the Lord had done for Israel.....And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that He had done for Israel." God had brought His people into the promised land, and they saw the mighty miracles of the Lord as He drove out their enemies. However, when that generation passed away, the next generation did not know what the Lord had done, and as a result, they turned away from God and worshipped idols. So who was to blame for this serious sin? Why did they not know what God had done for them?
Whether we home educate our children, send them to private school or public school, as parents we have the responsibility to train up our children to know the Lord and His plan of salvation. We also have the privilege of teaching them Bible doctrines in our home through catechism and Bible study. We cannot rely solely on the church to do all the teaching. It also must come from the home. The earlier we start this instruction the better our children and grandchildren will know the truths from God's Word.
Most teachers I meet in my work place tell me how they wish that parents would be more proactive in the education process. They need to support, encourage, and assist their children to become lifetime learners. If there is no involvement of parents in this process, the child will be less likely to succeed. The same is true when it comes to spiritual education. It begins in the home.
|Briggs and Branson at play|
In addition to teaching the truths of God's Word, as parents we are called upon to discipline, in love, our children. This is so important so that they can grow to be not only good citizens but self controlled warriors for the cross of Christ. An undisciplined child is a heartache to his parents, and has difficulty learning as well. Again, this begins in the home with firmness and persistence stopping the disobedience immediately not waiting till we have warned the child five times. It is a hard job but one that bears fruit as the child grows.
If we want to see real change in our country, it begins in the home...all of our homes whether we are a parent or a grandparent. Presently, we have many in our country who have grown up like the generation of Israelites who had never heard of the Lord and what He had done for them. Is it any wonder we have such a secular society? How could it be anything else? However, we have the ability to work in the sphere of our families to ensure that our children and grandchildren know the truth of God's Word and His work on our behalf through His Son Jesus Christ. God has commanded us to pass the faith on. May we diligently apply ourselves to this task. Selah!
I welcome your thoughts and insights my friends.