Beginning next week, we will be starting a series of lessons on marriage. While there will be some comments that will be made from time to time concerning the children (or grandchildren) that will be affected by our behaviors as husband and wife, most of these lessons will focus on the tri-unity relationship between husband, wife, and God. As such, in the weekly bulletin, I would like to focus on the responsibilities as parents as we raise children in today’s society in
The most important aspect of raising children in the home today is having God in it. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it (Psa. 127:1).” While this passage has been used to reference our need to include God in any project in which we engage in, it should be noted that the immediate context. The latter half of the Psalm is directly concerning children. I am convinced this is more about building up your home, that it is a physical building. If you hope to provide for your children a strong, viable home you need to place God in it.
Sadly, in ancient times, people placed God in the home by creating idols and placing them in their homes (Gen. 31:19; Jud. 17:4). This practice continued into Christianity when the church apostatized. Graven images of patron saints (and the cross) were placed in homes in hopes that God’s protection (or the patron saint’s protection would be found there). This has nothing to do with ensuing that God is active in your home.
And you probably grow tired of hearing me say this, but Christians need to be more active in teaching their children (and grandchildren) about God. Have you ever considered what made Abram the man God would raise a nation through? Why not Lot? Why not some other man of faith? Surely Abraham was not the only person on the planet that worshipped God was not find a great deal of stories concerning Isaac and his worship unto God as he had children of his own, we do find Jacob following the pattern of his grandfather. In Gen. 35:1-7 we find Jacob leading his family in worship unto God. Where do you think he learned this from? It certainly wouldn’t have been Laban. I am firmly convinced he learned it from his father, who learned it from his father.
In fact, this practice was of such great importance that God demanded Israel follow in it (Deut. 4:10; 6:7; 11:19). Especially note Deut. 11:19. “ And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” There is not a time that Israel should not see a teaching opportunity. While they sit at home they were to teach. Rather than turning on the “American Idol” or TV, open up the bible and study with your kids. When you are out running errands, working on the yard, etc use it as an opportunity to teach the Gospel. When you are tucking them in at night, teach them about God rather than Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
Why? Why do I spend so much time talking about this? Too many children whose parents are Christians grow up to never obey the gospel call (or if they do, fall away when they leave home). Many times, not every time, other things were made a priority in the home. You do not have to sit down and study for an hour with your kids every night with book in hand to get them to see God is a priority in your home. But, your kids do need to see his word constantly upon your lips and in your heart. -WTK
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God and the Family
Volume 3 Issue 27 June 3, 2012