Better families do not come from society. Television, movies, magazines, and Oprah do not have the answers we need. Families need to turn to the Word of God to improve. It is inspired of God, the One who made the family (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). The Bible has truth for all areas of our life (2 Pet. 1:3).
Parents Need To Teach Their Children
They need to teach the Word of God. Moses’ admonition will serve us well. He said,
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:6-9).
We need to constantly teach them the principles of truth and righteousness. The devil does not let up and neither should we. Teach them when doing chores around the house and while driving in the car. Take advantage of opportunities the come up when watching TV or a movie. Instruct them at the mall while shopping or when at the ball field. Do not assume they get the point, make it clear.
Fathers are given the charge to teach their children (Eph. 6:4). If there is a failure in the home on learning the Word, it falls directly on the father’s shoulders. It is his duty and he must fulfill it. Fathers, be a leader.
Mothers, too, can play a role. They will have opportunities the father will not. She needs to give time and attention to instilling biblical values in her children. Mothers need to teach their sons just as Timothy’s mother and grandmother taught him (2 Tim. 1:5; 3:15). Older women are supposed to teach the younger women (Titus 2:3-5). Does this not include mothers teaching daughters?
Our children must be taught so they know the Lord. When they do not know the Lord, their world will be a miserable one where chaos rules (Jud. 2:10). Specifically, the gospel is God’s power unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). If they do not know it, they will not know the love of God and Christ. They will not have the hope of heaven and the fear of hell in their hearts. The very purpose of their existence will elude them (Ecc. 12:13, 14). Their souls will be lost.