Three Amazing Quotes on Children

As Christian parents our responsibility is threefold:  We are to be Christian Educators, Christian Disciplinarians, and Christian Counselors to our Children.  The Psalmist in Psalm 127 says that our children are “like arrows in the hand of a warrior”.  Dr. Phil Smuland has identified at least four ways in which our children are like arrows in a Father’s Day Psalm given some years ago: Take aim with them and give your child biblical direction (counsel); train them up (discipline) and prepare to release them (he breaks that down further into stages of life according to Ezzo’s Growing Kids God’s way: disciplinarian stage, training stage, coaching, and finally friendship somewhere around 20 years of age); an arrow is a dangerous and difficult thing to handle meaning it is dangerous to the enemy of God and it is a difficult task for parents; and finally there is true success and lasting satisfaction in a child who has committed his life to Jesus Christ.

1.)

“The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it, all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent, especially, ought to feel, every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God— this is his task on earth.” -Robert Dabney, 1820-1898

2.)

“I remember a great man coming into my house, at Waltham, and seeing all my children standing in the order of their age and stature, said ‘These are they that make rich men poor.’  But he straight received this answer, ‘Nay, my lord, these are they that make a poor man rich; for there is not one of these whom we would part with for all your wealth.” -Joseph Hall, 1574-1656

3.)

“The personal liberties that concern me extend beyond the individuals and include families and households as well. For one thing, I have always supported homeschooling families, who run the ideological gamut from Vermont environmentalists to Southern evangelicals. As I have said, the government does not own you— and neither does it own your children. It is bad enough that some parents find themselves forced to pay for an education they not only will not use for their children, but whose content they deeply oppose from a philosophical or religious point of view. (I’ve sometimes wondered why those who would never dream of forcibly taking people’s money to pay to support a religious belief they do not share have no hesitation at all in taking their money to support an education philosophy they do not share.) It is even worse that in some cases they have to maneuver a legal minefield in order to provide their children with the kind of education they want.” -Ron Paul, 1935-present

Consider the words of Deuteronomy 6 as the Biblical explanation of Christian Education:

“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.  O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.  Hear, O Israel! The LORD is 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.  These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up.”

For further study check out sermons on the subject by the Bible preaching Dr. Joe Morecraft

Jonadab and Education

Christian Education at Home and Church

The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. It is the one business for which the earth exists. To it, all politics, all war, all literature, all money-making, ought to be subordinated; and every parent, especially, ought to feel, every hour of the day, that, next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God— this is his task on earth.

~ by Majestic on February 20, 2011.

One Response to “Three Amazing Quotes on Children”

  1. […] At the end of the day if you see your children as a burden who is influencing your view of them?  God calls them a blessing in every verse of the bible except where there is failure as a parent.  If you fail as a parent they will be a curse to you.  It is a difficult task set before us.  Nowhere does the bible say the task will be easy.  Get ready for the greatest challenge in your life! […]

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