In our current cultural moment and place, responsibility has stealthily slipped from the prescribed biblical entities to those that seem to be more convenient, but are actually less effective in creating a thriving society.
For instance, rather than the church being ultimately responsible for the care of the poor, orphans, and widows, most people turn to the government to assume this responsibility. Instead of parents owning their responsibility to disciple their children in the ways of the Lord, churches, youth pastors, and children’s ministers step into the void. A quick survey of Scripture confirms that parents are ultimately responsible to instruct their children according to the ways of the Lord throughout each day.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
In modern terms, this lifestyle discipleship could be reworded as “Talk about them when you sit around the dinner table and in your family room, when you drive along the road, before bed, and when you prepare for each day in the morning.”
Sitting at home
Drive along the road
Morning & bedtime
During this time of forced slow-down, make it a goal to maximize the time you have at home to establish new rhythms, set into place new rules and structures, and embrace your God-given responsibility to disciple your children throughout the day. As you look forward to the end of this period of social distancing, take a hard look at your family’s schedule, including athletics, fine arts, youth group, and your child’s educational model to be sure that you are setting your family up for success by ensuring plenty of time with each other.
Will you step up?
Author: Julie Phipps, ACA Dean of Students
Navigating this quickly changing culture as parents is daunting. How do we equip our students to see through the fog of messages bombarding them every day to discern God’s truth and be able to apply absolute truth to their every decision?