Your Main Task, Dear Parent

I have no faith in our politicians, either federal or state, to give my children righteous role models or teach them how to live a godly life. I certainly would not want the sitting President to teach my child how to live. How few claim to follow Christ, and fewer actually live like it.

While your specific school board may exhibit a much healthier and more spiritual attitude than some others, the public school system is owned and operated by the government, states and local school boards being the final administrators. How many atheists, evolutionists, and godless men and women pass their moral (or immoral) philosophies down through the curriculum and syllabi? Children in the public school systems (and many in private school systems) might be blessed with a few spiritually-minded teachers, but the majority are unapologetically godless.

Modern education has stripped parents of the desire and confidence to teach their own children. Parents parent and teachers teach, and never the twain shall overlap (unless the parent happens to have a degree in teaching granted by the system).

I wonder why we parents would trust a system to teach our children if that same system produced parents (us) who don’t feel like we have enough education to teach our own children.

Modern education seems to be a strategic piece in Satan’s battle against the family unit. It steals our children for most of the good hours of the week. It pounds information into their heads that we would rather them not have. It fails to instill the morals and values that we do want them to have. It gives our children (and us) a sense that parents don’t really have a role in teaching. It segments children off into age groups, not allowing them much time to interact with those much younger or much older then they. It encourages kids to think themselves wiser than their elders.

Am I saying it’s a sin to send children to public school? No, I’m not. Neither am I saying Christians should necessarily shun the public school system (especially in teaching roles). In fact, the solution for keeping children spiritually healthy through private or home school is the same for children in public school.

What is that solution? God gave it around 1500 B.C. in the book of Deuteronomy:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them
when you sit in your house,
when you walk by the way,
when you lie down,
and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand,
and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
(Deuteronomy 6.4-9)

First, dear Parent, God’s word must be in your heart. If it’s not in your heart you cannot transfer that word to your child’s heart.

Second, you shall teach them diligently to your children. It only takes a generation to fall away from the Lord, and we fall away because we don’t love and respect God’s word.

Third, you shall talk of God’s word all the time and everywhere! Take every opportunity, whether driving in your car, eating supper together, getting ready for bed, waking up in the morning.

Fourth, make sure God’s word is everywhere. Keep them on your person–reminders. And have verses hanging on your walls, on the bathroom mirror, on your child’s wall.

Your child should have no doubt that God’s word drives and directs everything you do in your household.

Who teaches your children? It has to be YOU, Parent! You cannot leave your child’s education to others. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking math, science, and history can be taught by atheists and they’ll get their Bible at church. No! They need to understand how God created math, how science reveals God, and how history tells His story. If we allow modern education to have its way, God will be confined to a brief activity we engage in once a week.

Wherever your child “goes to school,” you are and must remain his primary teacher.

Teach your children. All the time. Don’t stop. For their sake and for yours. This is your main task, dear Parent.

Better Than Mommy Snuggles

Last night my nine-year-old daughter walked into the living room carrying my four-year-old son, who was sobbing up a storm. Daughter was saying, “I am so, so sorry!”
Concerned that she had somehow injured him, I quickly inquired as to the nature of the problem.
“I was talking to him about heaven,” she explained, “and he asked if he could still snuggle with Mommy in heaven. I told him I didn’t think so…”
My heart broke for the little guy, whose chest was heaving and tears were streaming. I am quite happy about the subject of their conversation, but eternity–which leaves adults squirming in our seats–should probably be carefully introduced to young minds. My little son, trying to comprehend a foreign and unimaginable environment, could only think of the wonderful things of his current life. My daughter, attempting to explain the inexplicable, had accidentally ripped away all the comforts and anchors of his little life–but knew not how to replace them.
So last night, you’ll understand why I sobbed for a while in my bed before falling asleep. My children are attempting to understand these enormous, mysterious matters of life and death and life hereafter, grappling with reality.
I don’t think about heaven enough. It will definitely be different. Jesus said there is no marriage or giving in marriage, but we will be like the angels. We will have better, incorruptible, eternal bodies. We will be with the Lord! And we will be with all the saints who have lived throughout the ages.
Instead of thinking of all the things we won’t have in heaven, we would do better to excite ourselves with thoughts of what God is planning for us! Jesus told His disciples,

“Let your hearts not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14.1-3)

“My little son, in heaven you can have all the Mommy snuggles you want.” It’s the best way I know of explaining the infinite wonders God has planned to his fresh mind. We’re going to be living in God’s house! We may not have literal mommy snuggles, but–rest assured–whatever we have will be better than mommy snuggles 🙂