We had a blast on our recent trip to the Homeschooler’s Mecca, (also known as “The Creation Museum”). https://creationmuseum.org/ We rented an old house with another family and paid homage to the vacation spot where no one bats an eye about larger-than-average families ranging from toddlers to teens. One huge surprise to me during our visit was the incredibly worshipful setting created in each of the exhibits. God’s name was magnified and His character was lifted up so meaningfully.
There was a wax museum dedicated to the Garden of Eden…where a few of us reverted back to our middle school days. I got a little obsessed with looking for belly buttons on Adam & Eve. Between myself and the dads and middle school aged boys…we may or may not have made a scene.
A couple of the “warning signs” in the exhibit caught our personal attention, perhaps more than some of the others:
“Scripture compromised in the Church, leads to…scripture abandoned in the home”
“Scripture abandoned in the home, leads to…a generation no different than the world”
These were sobering signs for us as we thought about the world we live in today. When we aren’t taking the high view of scripture in the church, we lead people away from God’s word. This leads to the abandonment of scripture in the home, and changes an entire generation!
When I think of the Apostle Paul, who labored for the church, and calls us to do the same…I wonder if we realize as parents that these verses need to apply to the children in whom have been entrusted to us, far above anyone else?
Colossians 1:28-29 “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”
So, I have some questions for you: Are you proclaiming, admonishing and teaching your children with all wisdom, so that you may present them fully mature in Christ? Are you strenuously teaching them God’s word? Are you leaving that job to someone else, hoping the hour at Sunday School or youth group will be enough?
How do we make sure we are not abandoning scripture in our homes so that the next generation will continue to shine the Light of Christ into our world?
Over time, we would like to un-fold some of the ways we are seeking to present our children mature in Christ. For now, we challenge you, if you are not currently reading God’s word to or with your kids, get a copy of God’s word, right before or after your family meal for the next month, open it up to the book of Luke, read and discuss. It’s really that simple! Let us know how it goes!