Think about the things your parents taught you growing. Corny sayings? Some jokes? A few snippets of wisdom? But what deeply impressed your heart? What will impact your kids’ hearts?
As parents, we are frequently oblivious to something that dramatically impacts the faith and character of our children—our daily family schedule.
Have you ever had one of your daughter’s teachers go on and on about how well she is doing in class, how respectful she is, and how considerate she is of the other students? You hear all this while struggling to remember the last time you experienced these same virtues at home. Who your son or daughter is at home is who they really are.
Today’s young people are saturated with pluralism, which has become unfortunately intertwined with relativism. The philosophy of relativism suggests that all statements of fact depend upon one’s perspective. In other words, all statements of truth depend upon your point of view, and are relative in comparison to the point of view of others. If we tell someone that we believe Christianity is true, we frequently hear the response, “I’m glad that you’ve found something that works for you. Christianity is true for you, and my beliefs are true for me.”
Drawing from Deuteronomy 6, Dr. Rienow encourages parents and grandparents to take the lead in passing faith in Jesus to their children and grandchildren.