Monday, December 21, 2009

World Views...What are You Passing Along?

Can you believe I have heard
parents say they don't believe
they have the right to influence
their children's belief systems?


It blows my mind.

That the culture of wishy-washy
thinking and "no absolutes" would
creep into our homes and families.
So very sad!

Scripture is so plain on our
responsibility to pass wisdom and
knowledge from generation to generation.

As homeschoolers we are in a unique
position to teach our children what
we believe and why. We can share the
scriptures in very natural and systematic
ways. There are many, many resources
available to us that teach a Christian
Worldview as it relates to Government,
Science, Bible and Literature.

Non-homeschoolers have it a bit tougher
as it is hard to find quality time for
such things. However, I do hope that every
family is taking time to study the Bible
together whether homeschooling or not.

If you think about it...there is absolutely
nothing we do, short of breathe, that isn't
impacted by our worldview. So...even if we
aren't aware of conveying it to our children
a message is getting through.

What is the message you are
giving your children?

Our three children can tell you what the
evolutionists arguments are...
and they can tell you the truth of God's
Creation. We have not sheltered them from
opposing beliefs, however, as it was age
appropriate we have taught them both points
of view and what we believe and why.

Just because we want them to believe one thing
is not reason to keep them in a bubble of only
that train of thought. This kind of sheltering
leads to uncertainties and often troubles later
as the young people grapple with ideas that are
totally new to them. It is much better as the
parent to bring other views into the open and
deal with them in your timing. Sometimes we
don't have all of the answers to their questions
when in discussion. These are awesome learning
opportunities as we search out the answers together.

Teaching our children to learn.
It is fun!

Some things to think about as it relates
to your children:

Are they getting a scriptural basis?

Can they defend their Faith, if necessary?

Do they understand the importance of
Faith in your life?

Do they see you ministering to others?

I do hope you enjoy passing on the
Faith to the next generation.

Just for the record, I didn't make this
up...Some scriptures that encourage us.

He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children...Psalm 78:5

Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. Proverbs 1:8

When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
For these commands are a lamp,
this teaching is a light,
and the corrections of discipline
are the way to life...Proverbs 6:22,23

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning...Proverbs 9:9

The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death...Proverbs 13:14

Happy Homeschooling!

Becky K.


Renee' said...

Oh my gosh
some actually don't believe
they have the right to influence
their children's belief systems?

That is insane,
We are there parents, it is our duty .
I believe God gave us our children to BE THE ONE to teach them.
You are right that is insane .
We are there parents, we are suppose to teach them about everything we can, and not to do it is just horrible and sad :(

Beth said...

I was at someone's home a week or two ago and on their tv was a program that declared that it was really "wrong" to even enter a teenage child's room without first asking their "permission" even if the child wasn't home!! (I'm not talking about knocking first before opening their door.) (Much less ever looking in a drawer, read a note found, etc.) That is just crazy! I can't imagine that people have such an approach to raising their children. They ARE children, after all, and it is our responsibility to guide them!! I understand giving a child a certain amount of privacy but I also believe that it is our responsibility to make sure that nothing is going on in secret especially if there are concerns. I have wonderful children but sometimes you have to protect them even if it means snooping every once in a while. I have found out health concerns in one of my children that I didn't know about by reading something that I found. I would never have known about a potentially dangerous condition if not for that.
So it even goes further when it comes to their souls! You have to protect them as well and teach them what we believe! I have also heard that people believe that they are "teenagers and have to make their own choices if they go to church or not." Not in MY house!Thanks for writing what you believe!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I've heard people say this too. It is so sad. You're right too, that as homeschoolers it is easier to share our faith and our Christian world view with our kids. I'm so glad that we have this privilege. This post is a wonderful reminder of both that privilege and that responsibility. Thanks for sharing.