This page contains information to remind us about teaching our children. They are our future. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Moses is pleading with the children of Israel to remember all that God had done for them, to name a few: the ten plagues in Egypt, crossing the Red Sea on dry land, the Ten Commandments, and the manna in the wilderness. He tells them, "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." God wanted the present generation to serve Him. He also wanted all the generations that followed to serve Him as well. How would they ever be able to serve God without knowing what He expected of them? How would they know what was expected if someone didn't teach them? This page was designed to encourage other parents to teach their children as ours taught us. Thanks!
1. Separation and divorce in families is a major problem. God's word tells us that marriage is for life. God knows this is best for parents and children.
2. Too many times true love is not shown in the family. This is also contrary to God's law. Love in the family, in the community, in the nation and in Christ's church would do more than any one thing to help solve our manifold problems.
3. Not only must children be loved; they must be supervised. Children left to themselves naturally make too many unwise decisions. They must be brought up in the nuture and admonition of the Lord.
4. Children must be disciplined with loving care and concern. They must be taught respect for authority, the authority of parents, teachers, the law of the land and especially respect for God and His word.
5. It also contributes to the problem when parents are not God-fearing and Bible-obeying parents. God has a perfect plan for a happy home that cannot be improved or changed. It must be obeyed for a happy home.
6. For number five to be obeyed, parents and families must have Bible reading and prayer together regularly. This is the best way for families to spend quality time together.
7. Also a failure for parents to be faithful Christians contributes to the problem. For success in a family each member of the family must love every other member and be kind and considerate with one another.
8. Too much idle time is bad for children. Parents must assign chores to children so they will learn to be useful and responsible.
9. Children see far too many bad examples and are prone to follow them. Everyone dealing with children must strive to be a good example for them, especially parents, teachers, and all others who associate with them.
10. Many people today say poverty is causing many children to go bad. I do not believe this. I was born in 1918. In 1930 my father died in an automobile accident. My mother, my two brothers, my sister and I saw poverty at its worst in the thirties. Many others shared the same experience. This did not make us disobedient and unruly or make us commit crime as we see it today.
11. Parents must not, and I emphasize, must not use illegal drugs and alcohol. Too many children learn to use these from parents.
12. We must teach children to have proper values, by this I mean things that are favorable in God's sight.
13. Last, but by no means least, I want to mention some things about television. In the first place too many children (and adults) spend far too much time watching television. Too many things they see are bad examples; to name a few - violence in many forms, sex, drugs, and alcohol use, gambling, lying, cheating, murder and even evolution. Also too much of television, including many commercials, portray silly, foolish, even stupid acts. Too much of our society today fails to show serious thinking. In closing I urge parents and all others to portray proper values before children, to be good examples for them and to try always to keep their priorities in order. God must be first in every home. Study the Bible, learn God's plan for the home and be assured all will be well. Please consider trying these suggestions. You will be glad you did.