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What Does God Tell Us To Do With Our Children?


    The first part of this answer has to do with your role as parent. You are the God-appointed leader of your children, /files/Images/Photos/stk146004rke.jpgso it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming task of raising and educating them is in your hands.

The Apostle Paul put it this way:
     "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).

     The question is, what are you supposed to teach them? And God has a great deal to say about that.  In Deuteronomy 11, for example, He says the education of children is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week process that must take place from birth through maturity.  


"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds ... .  Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers ..." (Deuteronomy 11:18-21).

     Here we see God instructing His people how to live as they prepare to go into the Promised Land.  Critical to the life and health of His people is the teaching of the Word of God by parents on a daily basis in every situation.

"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." (Proverbs 2)

The education of children and youth must be based on God's Word as absolute truth.
  If the school your children attend adopts any other approach, it is competing directly against your training at home, and ultimately, against the training God wants you to give them.Here's the problem.  Public schools have banned the book upon which you, as a Christian, have based your life.  The question is not, "Should I consider Christian education?" but rather, "Why should I consider anything else?"

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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.