“These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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.”
Sunday school numbers are shrinking rapidly in many churches. More kids know less about the Lord, His servants, and His expectations for all of us—and it is our fault.
It is the fault of families and of churches. Families aren’t bringing them, and churches aren’t giving them a good enough reason to bring them.
We are ashamed when they don’t know their state, country, world, and cultural history—but how many of you, who call yourselves “Christian”, are bothered to know that many of these children know little to nothing about the Bible, God, Jesus, the Old Testament, the New Testament, and their role as servant ambassadors for Christ?
If you aren’t reading, studying, and discussing the Word with them, they will not be encouraged or inclined to do the same at church, with their peers, and independently. It is our responsibility to expose children to the Bible and teach them how to have conversations with God, through prayer.
It is also our responsibility to teach them about other religions, cultures, and social norms (such as sexual orientation and preferences) so that they can honorably and with dignity, respect other beliefs that differ their own. If you too are ignorant and uninformed about other religions, cultures, and social norms—then how will your child ever be fully educated?
They are not to fear, hate, discriminate, or pass judgment on others. Yes, that also applies to those individuals who have different ethnicities, skin color, and religious or social beliefs than you. They are to embrace everyone as God’s children and know that just as God loves us He loves them, and it is not our place or right to judge others—for there is only one judge, and that is our Heavenly Father-Mother God.
You are not to teach children— through word or action— indifference, intolerance, superiority, hate, fear, loathing, or any other negative trait. Children are born angelic and pure, and only through exposure to adults do they transform into our smaller replicas that eventually embrace our sins.
Do your part to teach love, peace, tolerance, acceptance, humility, dignity, respect, integrity, strength and courage. If you don’t practice this yourself then you can’t fully teach it to children. They model what they see and hear. You can either position them to thrive or set them up to suffer.
We were all born with the right to live a dignified life. Do your part to instill this in your children, so that they never have to question if they are doing right in God’s eyes.
Father, thank You for Your constant molding through love. Thank You for waking me today. Father, as I learn Your Word and share it with other adults, let me always remember to share and teach it to Your youngest of children—the generations that follow me. Let me not keep this knowledge and wisdom to myself, but rather open my heart, mind, and mouth and share with the masses. I promise to serve You and do my part to grow Your Kingdom. I love You Father. Amen.
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