Parents, unfortunately, reject this reality and instead treat their children as mini-me’s; molding them into something they value such as beauty, intelligence, or sports. In our quest for the perfect child we place them on a bus and send them to school for eight hours where most of them will never hear the name of God except in the form of a cuss word, and where they will be socialized to accept things this sinful culture has embraced.
Upon our child’s return we ask them how their day was and they say fine, so we move on to the next thing on the list: dancing, gymnastics, football, volleyball, karate, scouts, etc. The list is endless, for activities seem to be the current god Americans are bowing down to.
From there we realize we need to feed these hungry little creatures so we run to Subway. Our dinner room tables sit empty and the back seat of the minivan becomes the most common place for our children to break bread. We get home, and find that the teachers have given your kids ample homework to do, so the last hour consists of your child sitting by themselves, head down with pencil in hand in a pursuit to become a contributing member of society.
Where is God? He is at best an afterthought. Perhaps there is a quick pre-fabricated prayer made before you eat, perhaps not. Maybe you go to Church on Sunday or Saturday night, but for many people church is about religion (instruction of man), not about God.
Ephesians 6:4 says, “bring [children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Notice it doesn’t say, bring them up to be good at sports, or bring them up so that they have the best chance to make a lot of money, or bring them up to understand denominational liturgy. God commands parents to tell their kids about Him.
This is the primary role of being a parent, to teach them about God. He is their ultimate reality. He is the One whom your child will someday stand before on the Day of Judgment. He is why they exist. Failing to instruct your child in the Lord, is failing to be a parent. Not only are you gambling with their lives in this world, but you are gambling with their lives in the next world. (Heaven or Hell).
Paul when writing to young Timothy said this, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
Parents, this year resist the parental rut and chose to do something different, choose to acquaint your child with the sacred writings (The Bible), acquaint your child with the preeminent reality of the Universe, God and His Son Christ Jesus. Invest in your child’s eternity.