Teaching Our Children
by Danny Tariman
“Let these words that I’m commanding you today be always on your heart. Teach them repeatedly to your children. Talk about them while sitting in your house or walking on the road, and as you lie down or get up.” (Deutoronomy 6:6-7)
“My dear, just speak to our children. Remind them again…” my wife will plead with me lovingly each time any of my kids would violate a house rule or break family value.
I realized now with the Biblical principle outlined in the verse above, that I have to remind the children repeatedly, or as often as necessary.
But this is not merely for a house rule that had been violated, nor for a family value that was breached, nor for a plain disobedience.
As parents, it is our highest responsibility to teach our children the way of the Lord, to teach them about Christianity in every area of our lives. We need to teach them repeatedly, as the Bible says “teach them repeatedly to your children.” Talk about them whether at rest or in an activity.
Most of the problems in our society today can be traced back to the lack of Biblical teaching or the need for basic Christian living principles being drilled down to children.
For example: the respect for authorities.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)
Many of our people today do not respect government officers, church leaders, school teachers, and other persons of authorities. While still young, we need to repeatedly teach our children about respect.
Another simple yet often violated rule: the pedestrian crossing. The Bible is very clear about disobeying even “small” rules
“Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 5:19)
I tried standing for 5 minutes at a road intersection with a traffic light. I observed how people will obey the traffic lights. I tell you, not a few – but many, more than the fingers of my two hands – I had noticed, disregard the “red signal” light.
At work, do we give our best even when the supervisor is not around?
“Obey your earthly masters with fear, trembling, and sincerity, as for the Lord. Do not do this only while you’re being watched in order to please them” (Eph 6:5-6)
Have you heard the saying “the mouse is active when the cat is away”? The verse above says that we have to work diligently even while we are not being watched.
There are a lot of Christian principles that we need to understand and drill down to our children. But this short reflection cannot handle all these. I hope you can start today studying the Word of God and drill them down to your children and to your children’s children.
My dear parents, there is an urgent need for us to teach our children. Repeatedly. Until they are able to absorb them in their heart.
One final reminder: do not be afraid to discipline your children. The Bible is very clear about this:
“Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it.” (Hebrew 12:11)
May God bless us in our parenting task!