Take care, or you will be seduced into turning away, serving other gods and worshiping them, for then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and he will shut up the heavens, so that there will be no rain and the land will yield no fruit; then you will perish quickly off the good land that the LORD is giving you. You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the LORD swore to your ancestors to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:16-21, NRSV)
We want our kids and young people to grow up as wonderful citizens that add to society.
We want professionals to teach them the things they should know.
That is why we send them to school, to learn from professional teachers. But as someone who worked as a 4K teaching assistant in Texas, where I had no special training, but a love for kids and wanting them to succeed, I could tell the difference in the kids that had parent interaction at night and those who didn’t.
The best teacher in the world can not teach your child anything that will stick if you as a parent are not involved.
And in the church we expect the professionals to teach our kids the faith. Sunday school teachers, who are all volunteers, know just as much as you do. And the pastor while a great helper to the ones who should be teaching kids about faith, will do as good a job as the professional teacher at passing along the faith to children if you the parents are not involved.
You see we want our kids to learn, but we have to teach them. We have to show them how to live. We have to show them faith. If the only time they hear us mention God is Sunday morning, then they will see and learn that God is not important.
We need to live our lives in such a way that the gospel seeps out of everything we do, and Jesus is seen in all of our actions.
Talk to your children at mealtime and bedtime about God. In the car ask them where they saw God today.
Live your faith out loud so your children catch it.
Faith is caught not taught. Show them your faith!