Fighting the battle for your children starts in the home. Ideally, Christian homes should be a haven from this world. A place where children do not encounter the ungodly culture lurking just outside the home. However, with the advent of technology parents must be proactive at home. Otherwise, children can be exposed to course entertainment and the consistent conversation of ungodly peers via social media.
Here are a few things to remember:
Be wise with the use of smartphones. Families these days often invest in phones for personal reasons, but they must be monitored. If you cannot keep up with these subtle intrusions into your child’s life, then don’t provide one until they can earn money to buy one and pay their own phone bill. By then they should be old enough to stay out of trouble with it.
In general parents must chaperone children while online. Websites of various kinds can introduce young eyes and minds to things no adult should see, much less a child.
Also, regarding home life daily Bible reading and prayer as a family is so important. Parents who consistently work at spending this time with their children are communicating that Christ is important to them and a walk with the Lord is a priority.
I could go on with this discussion, but for now let me simply direct you to a helpful resource at Focus on the Family sure to spawn ideas on how to keep Christ foremost in the minds of your children.
Fighting the battle for your children includes a faithful church life. Local churches all do things a bit different, but don’t worry about style over substance. The main thing to instill in the heart of your child is a love for the house of God.
The local church is really about developing the discipline of denying self to participate in the cause of Christ. Train your children to love the house of God, not a program the church has to offer. Sure, we all want to be encouraged when we attend church. However, church can never be a recreation center. That’s not the purpose.
Participating in corporate worship, learning to care for fellow members of the body of Christ, and working together to win others to Christ must be the focus. These things must be taught, especially as children transition to the teen years. Learning to attend church when we don’t “feel like it” is a discipline our children need to learn.
Fighting the battle for our children most certainly includes separating them from the public school system if possible. Why?
Well, passionate Christian leaders have written whole books on the subject. But in a nutshell, we need to separate our children from the world and UNTO Christ.
Our government run schools simply DO NOT teach children to fear the Lord. They do not train children to pursue the will of God. Instead, God, Christ, and His word has no place in the 13 year education of our youth (nearly 15,000 hour exposure).
How is this acceptable to Christian families? And why do we think our children will avoid learning the ways of the world when they are exposed to them day after day in a humanistic, godless educational setting?
Practically every day I come across a new article about what our children face in the public school system. The situation is desperate if you hope to raise children to be disciples of Jesus Christ. If it is in your power to make a change, then do it.
I encourage you to revisit my website for the short article on “Why We Need the Private Christian School.” I also encourage you to scroll through the IN THE NEWS section of my website for a glance at just some of the stories related to our public school system. Among the links posted to important subjects, eight are related to our schools and education.
Remember, fighting the battle for our children is worth all the effort. After all, they are the priceless gift of God entrusted to us so we can love them, train them, and guide them to Christ. At the end of the day winning them to Christ is our greatest reward. God bless.