Thursday, August 02, 2012

Back To School Series: Introduction

August is when we prepare or, for some, when we send our children back to the halls of academia. As our we prepare our children by realigning their sleep schedules and purchasing school supplies and new clothes, do we also take a new focus on their spiritual education?

It is not to suggest that the summer months have created a lax atmosphere completely. The suggestion is to take a new focus.

When kids are in school, from kindergarten all the way through college, they are not only handling the pressures of academics but the pressures of their peers too. For a child raised in a Christian home with Biblical values, there is almost a guarantee that they will experience some bullying. They will be questioned about their beliefs, they will be told they are wrong.

As parents, it is our responsibility not only to teach the Bible to our children, but also to teach the apologetics along with. That is we are to explain the whys and hows. Our children need to understand why we believe what we believe so that they know where we stand. That is one of the greatest gifts that you can give your child is to discuss God and the Bible with them. Our family has enjoyed our discussions because it brings us all closer to God. Even the adults learn in the discussions.

The most important thing that I am teaching my children right now is that regardless what my beliefs are, Jesus has said that the greatest command is to LOVE. We are to LOVE are neighbors. He did not say we had to agree with them. He did not say we had to do the same things as them. Just that we are to Love them. Something to think about isn't it?

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