“What, and from Where–is your child learning?
1920: “Where is that boy of yours? How are you rearing him? Are you teaching him to be honest and truthful? To be benevolent to the poor, kind to the widows, the aged, the blind, and lame? Are you bringing them up for God or the devil? Great responsibility rests upon those who have children under their care. Father, mother, awake! What is that girl doing? What kind of books is she reading? Where is she going? and what kind of company is she in? Do you know? Do you really care?—Well, you should, for their eternal welfare is at stake.
“Children are ignorant of Satan’s devices and must be taught”
Parents, guard well your precious offspring; watch them with a jealous eye. If you do not, you will be sorry in the future. Do not be to blame for your children being lost.
Children are ignorant of Satan’s devices and must be taught, and the responsibility of teaching them rests upon you. Do this work and do it well, and a rich reward of joy will await you in heaven. Eternity is a stern reality, and we should prepare for it. God’s Word says: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, it will not depart from it.” ¹ It makes very much difference what a child is taught, for he is very likely to cling stubbornly through life to the religious doctrines he learned in childhood.
If a child is brought up to tell the truth, he is likely to be truthful all his life. But if allowed to tell lies when small, the chances are that when he becomes an adult, he will still tell falsehoods. “As the twig is bent, so the tree is inclined.” Teach the boy to speak gently, and he is more than likely to grow up to be a kind-spoken man. Eph. 6: 4 says, “Fathers provoke not your children to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” If you scold, or speak harshly to your children, you may expect them to do the same to you some day. Set them the example of kind language and a pure language. Allow no slang, no bywords, no cursing. Teach them to shun bad language as they would shun a rattlesnake. As you sow, so shall you reap; and if you use slang and bywords before your children, don’t be surprised if they use the same.
“If you never read the Bible, do not be surprised if they fail to read it.”
Imitation is very strong in children, and as they see Father or Mother do, so they will do, as a rule. A child will even get down on its knees and pray if it has seen you praying. If you swear, expect your boy to swear, and if you are deceitful and dishonest, expect him to be the same. If you want your precious children to be eternally saved and happy in heaven, then start for the kingdom of God yourself and lead them toward the same place.
Many a man stands in the way of both wife and children. By his words, deeds, and thoughts he is hindering his family from living the lives they should and of course for such behavior he will be eternally tormented.”–A.W. Luse; 1920.
Teach Your Children:
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. Proverbs 4:1
- Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation. Joel 1:3
- But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Luke 18:16
- We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. Psalm 78:4
Commentary: re: Psalm 78:1-8 “These are called dark and deep sayings, because they are carefully to be looked into. The law of God was given with a particular charge to teach it diligently to their children, that the church may abide for ever. Also, that the providences of God, both in mercy and in judgment, might encourage them to conform to the will of God. The works of God much strengthen our resolution to keep His commandments. Hypocrisy is the high road to apostacy; those that do not set their hearts right, will not be steadfast with God. Many parents, by negligence and wickedness, become murderers of their children.”–Matthew Henry. ¹
A Father’s Responsibility MUST Not Be Neglected. “85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.” FatherMag.Com
- I am the LORD your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; Ezekiel 20:19
- Your Religious Experience–Is It A Secret?
- But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 1 Timothy 5:8
- Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
- For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Proverbs 3:12
- And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
- Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalm 127:3
- God’s Commandments: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7 ¹
- For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19
- One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalm 145:4
- Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; Deuteronomy 4:9
- That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Deuteronomy 6:2
- This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD. Psalm 102:18
- “An estimated 24.7 million children (33%) live absent their biological father.” U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey; “57.6% of black children, 31.2% of Hispanic children, and 20.7% of white children are living absent their biological fathers.” Fathers.Com
- The absence of fathers in America: Pew Research ◊ “One-in-four parents living with a child in the United States today are unmarried.” ¹ “The share of U.S. children living with an unmarried parent has more than doubled since 1968, jumping from 13% to 32% in 2017.” ¹ “Fewer than half (46%) of U.S. kids younger than 18 years of age are living in a home with two married heterosexual parents in their first marriage.” ¹
- HUD ⇒”In public housing communities where 75% of families are led by single women.” Child Trends; “Trends in Family Structure”⇒ “From 1960 to 1996, the proportion of all children under age 18 living with two married parents decreased steadily, from 88 to 68 percent. This proportion was stable during much of the late 1990s and into the 2000s, but had decreased to 64 percent by 2012. The proportion was again stable from 2012 to 2016, and was at 65 percent as of 2017.”
- Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come. Psalm 102:18
- Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers. Proverbs 17:6
- “And, ye parents, be faithful to those little ones that are growing up “like olive plants around your table,” ¹ so that in the day of judgment, you may say with joy, in the full assurance of reward, “Here are we, Lord, and the children whom thou hast given us!” And your reward shall be, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord!” ¹ –Quoted from ‘Responsibilities of the Christian Home’ ¹ by Samuel Philips.
The Blessed Home: Let yours, therefore, be the religious home; and then be sure that God will delight to dwell therein, and His blessing will descend, like the dews of heaven, upon it. Your children shall be like “olive plants around your table,” — the “heritage of the Lord.” Yours will be the home of love and harmony; it shall have the charter of family rights and privileges, the ward of family interests, the palladium of family hopes and happiness.
Your household piety will be the crowning attribute of your peaceful home, — the “crown of living stars” that shall adorn the night of its tribulation, and the pillar of cloud and of fire in its pilgrimage to a “better country.” It shall strew the family threshold with the flowers of promise, and enshrine the memory of loved ones gone before, in all the fragrance of that “blessed hope” of reunion in heaven which looms up from a dying hour.
It shall give to the infant soul its “perfect flowering,” and expand it in all the fullness of a generous love and conscious blessedness, making it “lustrous in the livery of divine knowledge.” And then in the dark hour of home separation and bereavement, when the question is put to thee, mourning parents, “Is it well with the child? is it well with thee?” you can answer with joy, “It is well!”–Family Religion by Samuel Philips. ¹
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15