Let me ask you a question, “Have you, or are you in the process of developing spiritual plan for your children?” Now, let me ask you, “Did you, or are you now developing an educational plan for your children?” I want you to be honest with yourself and really think about your priorities. In my lifetime, I have seen so many parents promote secular education over Christian/Spiritual education. The way I know, it is because I see a number of parents that will not bring their children nor themselves to the teaching ministries the church has in place for teaching both them and their children the Word of God. But they will make them get up early in the morning to go to school every day even if they are either sick or tired. They will harp on the child doing their homework, and will even take time to check it, every day.
They allow their children to participate in extracurricular activities after school such as, sports, dance classes, martial arts and other things while driving them to the events. And refuse to bring the children and themselves to Sunday School once a week that begins at either 8:45 am or 9:00, and complain that it is too early; but they have to be at school at 7:30 am or 8:00 am, and are usually never late. So I ask, are the things of God a priority to you?
I want to direct your attention to Deuteronomy 6:4-6. Moses states, “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 the 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 hands and they shall be as front lets between your eyes. You shall write them on the door posts of your house and on your gates.” I know we are not Jews living in the wilderness when Moses instructed the people. However, these words transcend time. He is telling them that their main priority is to be totally committed to the LORD, and to make sure they instruct their children the Word of God which is vital for them as they enter into the Promised Land.
Please allow me to speak matter of factly. To place a great amount of time, energy and focus for your child on a secular education, which for the most part has a humanistic worldview; and to give a minuscule amount of time, energy and focus on your child’s spiritual education, is a sham. It is equivalent to saying that the things of this world are of more importance than the things of God. We send a very strong message to our children early on in their lives as to how much we love God by how much we are committed to Him and His Word. If your child knows more about everything the world has to offer and very little about spiritual truth, it is a slap in God’s face, especially if we say that we we are Christians and that we love Him. We may need to reevaluate where we stand pertaining to our love for God. Secular Education can be very beneficial in this world we live in. My father in the ministry, Dr. S. M. Lockridge used to say to the congregation, “Get all of the education you can; so others will not look down on you.” He then would say, “Then go get some more; so you will not look down on others.” But the greatest education we could ever give to our children is a spiritual education that is validated by the fact that we, as parents live out our Christianity in the presence of our children. Paul’s son in the ministry Timothy is proof of that when Apostle Paul spoke of that in 2 Timothy 1:5-6 pertaining to his mother and grandmother. Let us evaluate our situation and make the necessary changes in order to benefit our children.
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor James Moore, Jr.