Yesterday we discussed Part 2 of “God’s Authority Over Every Area of Our Lives” from The Kingdom Agenda by Dr. Tony Evans, and the chapter entitled “The Authority of the Kingdom Agenda“. We are continuing that study today. What follows are excerpts from his book in the chapter The Authority of the Kingdom Agenda.
Family Commitment to Biblical Authority:
The second way biblical authority is to be made manifest in God’s kingdom is through the family. In Deuteronomy 4:9–10, Moses said: Give heed to yourself and keep your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, “Assemble the people to Me, that I may let them hear My words so they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.”
Notice the emphasis on teaching the ways and Word of God to your children. Then in the famous passage in Deuteronomy 6 we are told, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons” (vv. 6–7). Do you get the message? If you have a family, you are responsible to make sure that the truth you are learning is being transmitted to your children. If you don’t teach God’s Word to your family, Satan has his own message, his own kingdom, and his own teachers. They would be glad to teach your children for you. Some of these teachers are on the streets, some are in the school system, and some may even be in the church. Your child could be sitting next to another child whose lack of regard for God is going to rub off on your child.
So we have to teach our children “diligently,” not occasionally. That may mean turning off the television and using the time for teaching. Whatever it may involve, you have to carve out time with your family to teach the Word. Neither the government nor the church has been charged to do what parents are supposed to do. So we parents can’t blame the church or the state if our kids turn out messed up. But if you do the job, I have good news for you: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
Give your children God’s Word early in life, and even if they do take a left turn, the Holy Spirit has something to hook on to and bring them back. The family is also to be the place where children are corrected based on biblical authority (see Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 22:15, 23:13).
Why? Because when children are not trained according to the Word of God, they may develop a lifestyle of rebellion against Him, and it could cost them their lives. The failure of parents to teach and discipline their children is at the heart of society’s problems today. God’s kingdom works through the family.