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Passing Along the Faith
Scripture: Luke 18: 15-17
Track 7 of 12 in the A Transforming Church . . . Lives By Transforming Values series
Running time: 34 minutes, 43 seconds.

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Chuck Sackett Speaker: Chuck Sackett
Dr. G. Charles Sackett is minister of Madison Park Christian Church.

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"Passing the Baton"

In 1972, Gail and I served a congregation in Caldwell, Idaho. Part of our responsibility was the junior high youth group. Bobbye Walker was part of that group. Bobbye married Mark Post. He ended up being the youth minister at Lincoln Christian Church when our children were in high school. Our children were now in the youth group Bobbye helped lead. Today, Alex Post, Mark and Bobbye's son, is in a small group I lead at Lincoln Christian College. Small world.

Mark Post was a great youth minister. I was thrilled he was leading our children. But I couldn't figure out why he wasn't talking to them about becoming Christians. I was actually pretty upset about it when it suddenly occurred to me . . . he wasn't the one who should be talking to them . . . I should.

We easily fall into the trap of believing the development of our children is someone else's responsibility. After all, there are teachers to teach them, coaches to coach them, service clubs to engage them, sports heroes and actors to entertain them. It's only natural we would have churches to disciple them.

But the Bible is clear . . . that's the parents' responsibility. Moses wrote, "4 Hear, O Isreal: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates" (Deuteronomy 6).

Whole-hearted "love of God" is first in our hearts (vs. 5-6). Then, we (not someone else) are to "impress it upon our children" (vs. 7). It is so serious that we talk about it at home and on the road (vs. 7). It should be apparent in us as if we had tied it to hands and foreheads (vs. 8). This is so significant, we even mark our homes and yards with it (vs. 9).

So, what keeps us from disciplining our children? Why do we hesitate to take this great task seriously? Why are we not talking with them about their relationship with God? Why are we not insisting they give God time and attention? May be we are . . . but what if we are not . . .