Teach Your Children Well

Posted on Aug 07 , 2014 in Family & Life Lessons

Teach Your Children Well

© By Brad L Hodges

Teach your children well
Their father’s hell did slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picks, the one you’ll know by

Don’t you ever ask them why
If they told you, you will cry
So just look at them and sigh
And know they love you

And you of tender years
Can’t know the fears that your elders grew by
And so please help them with your youth
They seek the truth before they can die
– Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young [excerpt from full lyrics]

Are we teaching our children well anymore? Are we taking the responsibility as parents and citizens of God’s Kingdom to:

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6) or are we depending on and allowing others to have the most impact and influence on their lives like the main stream media, the public school systems and their friends?

I am greatly disturbed when I hear of news by public figures telling us that “[W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to their communities” (Melissa Harris-Perry – MSNBC).

I have seen stories of college professors who have students write the name of Jesus Christ on a piece of paper and stomp on it as part of a “classroom lesson in empathy”.

Other stories have been in the news about college professors blatantly inserting their personal political and religious views into the classroom and denouncing conservative and religious values.

We have professors actually in or who were in teaching positions that directly influence our children that were former members of a domestic terrorist group (Bernardine Dohrn, Associate Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law and former member of Weather Underground. Dohrn is married to infamous Bill Ayers, a co-founder of Weather Underground and formerly a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Google for more information if interested).

Our public school systems are infiltrated with liberal teachers and curriculums like “Common Core” and a recent report came out that revealed only 14% of all teachers would be considered conservative valued.

Many schools in our country are directly teaching that same-sex marriage and relationships are the “new norm” and the lines of God’s plan for male and female are being deliberately and systematically blurred.

It is no secret that America is in a moral decay tailspin and as believers it is not only our responsibility but our mandate to build a foundation of values based on God’s word for our children. As parents, we always have some regrets or doubts about how we raised or are raising our children. I know I do, and I’ll leave it at that, but there is still eternal hope. I will tell you without hesitation that were I raising children today they would be home-schooled.

The bottom line is that there is a very real battle going on in the world today for the hearts and minds of our children. It is a classic good versus evil with the fertile ground for the enemy being our public school systems. (1 Peter 5:8 – Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour). I’m not saying all public schools and teachers are evil by any means, but in certain states and curriculums the enemy already has a firm footing and it is growing rapidly at an alarming rate.

As believers there has ever been a more urgent time to put on the armor of God and fight back against the enemy’s agenda. (Ephesians 6:10-12 – 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.)

We, as Christians, must start and keep the teaching of Godly values in our homes, never wavering from the message and leading by example now and always even if past mistakes have been made. We must take every opportunity to stand up against the powers to be that would crush morality in our society, boldly speaking out publicly and defending Godly values even in the face of the liberal practices of shouting down anyone or anything that dare stands up for these values. If we are not the first line of offense in mirroring God’s values to society and the front line of defense in thwarting those who seek to destroy them, then all will be lost.

Psalm 78: 4-7:

4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands

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