Today is a day when most people who attend church are consumers. They want the best in programs for all ages. I am a firm believer that the Christian community should be the first to do things with excellence. Excellence is defined differently based upon the resources you have. If I base my standard of excellence based on a megachurch with a million dollar budget, I might as well close shop and go home.
Here is the problem. Many parents think the quality of the youth or children’s ministry is the answer. If their child is not behaving right, many of these parents think that the church is the answer to the problem. The pastor, youth pastor, or volunteers must do more. My question is directed to parents: How much are you doing between Sunday services to disciple your children? If you are making some excuse about not being theologically trained or ministers being experts, that is a cop out. We have gotten this thing screwed up along the way.
If you think this is simply my opinion, let the Scripture speak for itself. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 says, “”Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” To simplify this: Parents, study the Bible for yourselves so you can teach AND model it before your children EVERY DAY!
The church is only a supplement to what you and I should be doing at home. There is no way around that. Preachers can’t make house calls every day for family devotions. Dads and moms, step up and do it. I’m preaching to myself here. Although biblical conversations happen frequently, I could be much more intentional in discipling my family.
Don’t wait to make this a New Years resolution! Start now! Who knows how much time we have left? Invest while you still have time.