Here is a quick hit today. On the way to school today we were listening to a talk about the fall of man and how the fall distorts everything, ruins relationship between husbands and wives, men and women, mankind and creation and generally the fact that if people don’t understand the fall all other days in history make zero sense.
We were hearing how the relationship between God the Father and Jesus the Son is not imitated in mankind relationally anymore as a result of the fall.
My oldest son pipes up (he’s nine) and makes this great statement about who God is: “Let me get this right dad. Jesus is God. But Jesus is not Father. So, Jesus is distinct from God, but Jesus is God. So, Jesus does what God says to do, but Jesus is still God. Jesus is the same but different.” That is not a bad definition of Trinity from a 3rd grader.
I replied, “Yes!”
My oldest son was describing the relationship between 2/3 of the Trinity. He is beginning to understand that all of life relationally is to be an imitation of the relationship in the Trinity.
We started talking about how we have to make effort to act like the Trinity because the fall broke our heart’s ability to love God and love each other the way God loves God.
Here is the point:
“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 you might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them 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.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7
I’m far from a great Father, but I want my boys to know Jesus, so I’m OCD about making sure they hear redemptive history taught from the Bible by me and other reputable men. I’m intentional. I fail in so many ways, but I can’t afford to fail at this one.
Are you intentional about your kids getting Bible, Gospel, Doctrine? If not, the culture will teach Bible, Gospel and Doctrine in its own backward way and what will you do then? The universities and history channel are not short of specials on the Bible and Jesus.
Notice that they usually don’t question the historical authority of other religious texts do they. I wonder why that is?
The evil one knows and believes and shutters, and the evil one will teach. Make sure you out teach the evil one. It does no eternal good for our kids to be great at Xbox 360 and not know God. A Nintendo DS will not lift the veil of unbelief from our children’s eyes. Nothing wrong with those things, just don’t miss holy moments for the sake of attention span conditioning.
It is so rewarding to see little ones have the veil of unbelief lifted by the person and work of Jesus Christ! All the work in the world is worth it.
Dads, go hard all the time in relation to this one. Our little ones are at stake. Fight like men for our kids. This is war, so lets act like it