For God And Families
By Lois J. Stucky
In these last days of “perilous times,” many parents welcome helps in preparing their children to live in the world they face. Teach them to pray! Help them learn Scripture! Many Christians have been disturbed that the posting of the Ten Commandments is opposed in schools and in many government places. There is nothing, however, to prevent parents from posting them in their home, and helping their children to learn them. Not many do this. The children must understand, of course, that keeping the Commandments is not the way to be saved, but they are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then they are to obey God’s Word.
It is not legalism to obey and to promote obedience to the Ten Commandments. These Commandments basically have to do with God’s love. First, we are to reciprocate God’s love to us by loving Him – to have no other gods, to make no idols, not to take His name in vain, to honor Him by not breaking the Sabbath. Then we are to love our parents and to honor them, and to love our neighbor as ourself – not to kill, nor steal, nor commit adultery, nor bear false witness, nor covet.
In Deuteronomy 5:1, we read that Moses told God’s people to learn the Commandments, and keep and do them. He also told them not only to have them in their hearts, but to teach them diligently to their children, to talk of them in their homes and elsewhere, and even to post them in their house (Deut. 6:4-9).
Children need to know, too, that their obedience is primarily to God. Mother and Dad might not be on the scene to watch them, but God ever is watching over them, taking notice of their obedience, and of their disobedience as well.
Jesus stood by the Commandments (Luke 18:18-22). Jesus likened the one who kept His sayings to a wise man which built his house on a rock, as opposed to the foolish man who built his house on sand, which fell when the storm came (Matt. 7:24-27). Jesus repeatedly told us if we love Him we will keep His commandments.
In the secular world today, Bible Commandments are disregarded to a great extent. Oh, that our homes might be built on the rock foundation of knowing and obeying God’s Commandments! And might our children learn from us in the home to build their lives on the rock foundation of God’s Word.
Might our homes be like a fortress, into which the children run and are safe. Children may experience opposition, maybe ridicule for their belief in God. Friends may try to persuade them to do things against their Christian standards. Your child might feel he or she stands alone. I know from experience how comforting and strengthening it is to know you will be understood and confirmed at home. God help us not to let our children down! Assure them God’s way is the right way. And let us constantly examine ourselves that we not teach the Commandments yet fail to obey them ourselves! How easy it is to let other gods creep into our lives, such as self, standing in the community, fame, appetites, money, pleasure, etc.
Pray for Christian homes of the world, that the young will be faithfully nurtured in the ways of the Lord, and pray for non-Christian homes, that many will become Christian homes.