School started this week. A friend of mine took his son to Kindergarten for the first time on Monday. The boy was very excited about his first day of school. He told his father that he was going to play and have fun and learn about Jesus at school. Sadly, the boy’s dad had to tell him that he would not get to learn about Jesus at school. When the boy asked why, the dad had to tell him that schools were not allowed to teach about Jesus. It was a sobering moment in the life of that family.
I am so very proud that my friends have raised their children to know and love Jesus. As pre-schoolers, their kids were enrolled in Christian daycare and they have always attended Bible classes and worship services regularly. I have no doubt that they have also worked hard to instill a daily prayer life and Bible reading to their young children. It is a great blessing to know that these kids are being raised by parents who model and exemplify Christ in their lives.
Unfortunately, God and His Word have been stripped out of our public schools. We could get into a big conversation about how horrible that is or how that needs to change, but it is what it is. Sometimes you have to work with what you’ve got. As such, I want to reiterate how excited I am that my friends have chosen to make Christ the center of their family. Our kids do not have to learn about Jesus at school. Yes, it would be wonderful if that were the case. But, what is more important is that our kids see Christ modeled at home and that we teach our kids the Word of God.
It is very easy to place the blame for our children not following Christ when they grow up on the fact that they were taught neither Bible nor biblical principles in public school. And, there could certainly be some validity to that statement. Far more impactful, however, is the emphasis that families place on Christ on a day to day basis. The greatest teacher that a child will ever know is that of his/her parents.
It would be a wonderful world if our public schools read from the Bible everyday and if our science classes taught creation rather than evolution. It would be great if health classes taught about purity in marriage rather than safe sex. It would be terrific if math classes taught that a tenth of everything we made belonged to God. But they don’t. Instead, those lessons are left up to parents. It is our responsibility to teach our children to be faithful, godly men and women.
It’s time to step up to the plate. Satan has worked a masterful plan by taking God out of our schools but I’ve read the end of the Book…God Wins! Parents, teach your kids the truth. Read to them and pray with them daily. May they understand God’s infinite love and may they be followers of Christ because their greatest teachers modeled Him daily…in spite of what the world says.
By the way, when you teach your child about Jesus, He goes to school every day and sits in those classrooms. The influence of a child who carries Jesus in his/her heart is far reaching. Teach your children to walk to each class hand in hand with Christ and the Word of God will be spread despite the laws of our government!
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 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. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.—Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NIV
Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it.
—Proverbs 22:6 NIV