Deuteronomy 6:4-6 – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is 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 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-22 – “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 19 ” You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up. 20 ” You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.” NASU
It was a sad day in history when we turned the responsibility of teaching our children over to the government or the state. Initially, the Bible was part of their public education but not today. It has been said that America is no longer a Christian nation and that may well be true. Most still profess a belief in the existence of God but do they seek to serve Him?
It is the responsibility of parents and grandparents to teach their children the principles of life and the Word of God. It is not the responsibility of the public school or even Sunday school. It should be a natural part of family life. We need to turn off the television, set aside the smart phones, log off the computers, and develop relationships that use actual language and face to face experiences with each other and our children. Biblically we are directed to allow God’s word to be impressed upon our hearts to the degree we talk of them as a family at all key times of the day.
No wonder the Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I did not say brow-beat him/her, I said TRAIN him. Demonstrate the importance and respect of the Word in your life and instill in him/her the core principles and values taught in God’s Word.
Children are our responsibility let’s do the right thing by them. God bless you as you go through your day. Blessings be upon you!