If you could choose one subject as “the most important one”, what would it be?
Too often, we let popular opinion dictate our direction. With all the back-to-school hoopla, I wonder if Christian parents have stopped to remember THE most important thing we have been given to teach our children?
And it is…..THEOLOGY.
Sound stiff and stifled? Theology is simply, “the study of God.” If that isn’t our very starting point, I question if we are really authentic.
C.S. Lewis said,
“Theology is practical: especially now…Everyone reads, everyone hears things discussed. Consequently, if you do not listen to Theology, that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones.”
Are we actively, fervently teaching our children right doctrine, right theology? Because if we get that wrong, we set their lives in the wrong direction. I can’t help but feel that modern Christianity is sorely lacking the intentional teaching of theology. We’ve settled for a shallow, trivial feel-good Christianity that doesn’t require any searching further into the character of the One who has redeemed us.
He is deep and wide and why wouldn’t we want to know, with all our hearts, His thoughts, His desires for us, His will?
“What you believe about God changes everything. It affects how you love, work, live, marry, parent, evangelize, purchase, and worship.” -Justin Holcomb, Why Theology Matters
Dear Mom, as you are with your littles throughout the day, remember, you are teaching, training and living out Christ all the time. Your theology matters because it will likely become theirs. If we must become, all over again, students of the Word, so be it. But let us pursue, with reckless abandon, to know the One for whom we were created, so that His purpose and design will permeate every decision we make.
And let it be so for our children, the godly hope of our future.