Impress Them On Your Children

Some say it is not best or okay to teach your kids your own beliefs. That they should be free to learn as they go and make their own decisions about faith. I disagree. Mainly because Scripture is clear otherwise, but also because in a hundred other examples we teach our kids our ways/beliefs/values.

We teach our kids what an awesome thing it is to live in a democracy based on the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. We teach our kids the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. About Abraham Lincoln and four score and seven years ago… Martin Luther King, Jr. and I have a dream… JFK and ask not what your country can do for you… Ronald Reagan and tear down this wall… Neil Armstrong and that’s one small step… and on and on.

No question, these people and words are highly important and valuable, but God and His Word even more so! If that is true in your life – if your faith ranks higher than these great things – then you have a responsibility to teach it to your kids.

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. [Deuteronomy 6:4-9]

So teach your kids! Make disciples! Yes, one day they will have to decide for themselves. One day they will have to choose you this day who you will serve… but until that day comes…

As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD! [Joshua 24:15]

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