In Deuteronomy 4:9 we read,
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.”
This month we will see many of our students go back to school, and it brings to mind the responsibilities that parents and grandparents have toward children. But the fact is that the cultural deck is stacked against parents who want to teach their children a Christian world view. There are no magic formulas for raising godly children and there are no guarantees, but to find our way through the raging waters of our times we must be people of the Word of God and people who understand the nature of the times in which we live.
In the verse quoted above, the parents and grandparents have a calling that takes us beyond our own understanding. There is a call to pass on our understanding of the Word and our faith to our children. When you look for the principles we are to pass on to our children as given to us in the broad sweep of Scripture we see that three things emerge:
- We are to teach them to love the Lord. By this I mean to bring them to the point where they develop a relationship with the Savior through faith and are committed to follow Him above all others.
- We are to teach them to fear the Lord. By this I mean teaching them to reverence and worship God as God and not as a means toward the end of gaining earthly advancement.
- We are to teach them to obey the Lord. By this I mean that they must know what the Lord commands of us in His Word and understand that in obedience we will find His way for us which is best.
Of course, in order to pass along these principles we adults need to live by these principles ourselves. This is a life journey of faith that we are all involved in and the reason the church exists – to help us live out these principles and pass them along.
I want to thank our Adult Education Department as well as the Children and Family Ministries Department here at Quail for the great attention they bring to these issues. Parents, I recommend that you find the “Parent Link” newsletter published by our Children’s Department (on the children’s web page of QLBC.org). These will be helpful in keeping these issues before us. Remember to pass it on!
His and yours,
Pastor Marc Maffucci