“It is right to be patient and kind, but Christian character has a firmness to it that does not meekly step aside when walking in the right. We must learn to live out biblical joy and love and submission within the context of a world packed with people who have, in many ways, set themselves up in opposition to their Creator. We need to learn … Continue reading Highlands Ministries: Don’t Be Too Nice
“It needs more than ever to be stressed that the best and truest educators are parents under God. The greatest school is the family. In learning, no act of teaching in any school or university compares to the routine task of mothers in teaching a babe who speaks no language the mother tongue in so short a time. No other task in education is equal to this. The moral training of the children, the discipline of good habits, is an inheritance from the parents to the children which surpasses all other. The family is the first and basic school of man.” ~ R. J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 185
I often tell parents that one of the positive by-products of teaching your children how to think Biblically (teaching them God’s law-word) rather thanwhat to think is that, as they mature, they can be one of the many counselors the Bible suggests a person needs to make sound decisions.
One of the most dangerous things you can do as a parent is to teach your children to think Biblically. Why? Because, once you establish that their chief duty in life is to “Fear God and keep His commandments” (Eccles. 12:13), you have communicated the truth that you and they are under the authority of God and governed by the same standard. That automatically invalidates any parental assertion, “My word is law,” and that obedience to the parent must be carried out blindly, without question. This puts a tremendous onus on parents to ensure that the rules they are mandating are, in fact, correctly lined up with God’s Word explicitly or implicitly.1 Continue reading “Don’t Teach Conclusions”