Very few would argue that our world is growing more and more secular each year. Humanism, theological liberalism, evolutionary thinking, etc. is changing the way we think, the way we live (morals), and the way we make decisions (ethics). So, the real question is: For Christian parents who want to raise their kids to love and fear the Lord (for that is the beginning of wisdom – Proverbs 1:7), there is a real challenge before us in raising our kids in such a way that they can walk confidently in a world that directly and indirectly seeks to combat their faith.
God told the children of Israel to:
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (ESV)
The reason God instructed parents to teach their children His truths is so that they would not embrace the paganism that surrounded their nation, and that they would follow the Lord God. We know, by reading the history of the Old Testament, that the children of Israel did in fact embrace other man-made gods and tried to mix it with the faith of their fathers. This led them away from God and His blessings.
I believe the command for parents to teach their children the ways of God is still important, current, and vital. Without parents doing this, it will very difficult for their children to know what God says, why He said it, why they should follow it, and how they should follow it. While they should be getting this instruction at their local church, that is just to supplement what they are to be learning at home. My wife and I try really hard to teach our children about the Lord. We homeschool our children, which part of their curriculum is to learn God’s truth. I am not sure how we would teach them if they went to school, had to come home and do homework, and both my wife and I had full-time jobs. I know some Christian parents do it, but I do think the percentage is VERY low.
A note for the Christian parents who send their kids to public or private school: you are sending your kids to a pagan environment where they are being told that what you are teaching them about God is wrong, false, and stupid. Here a message by Dr. Charles Stanely who is a pastor in the middle of the Bible belt where many of the teachers are Christians. Click on the link. It is less than 2 minutes.
So, Christian parents, “how are you going to prepare your children?” We as parents will one day stand before God and give an account on how we raised our kids to know Him. We can not force our children to believe in God. But we are to point them to Him (daily, regularly, and diligently), and get the word of God to their ears. God can get it from their ears to their heart. But as for me and my house, I have decided that my kids knowledge of God and His word is more important than math, English, French, science, geography, etc. While all those other subjects are good and important, they are secondary to God’s word. I would rather my kids be poor but walking with God than a rich, successful, secular humanist whose testimony is: I use to go to church with my parents, but I got over it and no longer believe.
Parents: raise your children to love, adore, worship, and obey God. Teach them His word. Make it the most important role you have as a parent.