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 your 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. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV)
*The problem and solution*
There is no doubt a crisis in our society today. Our society is broken morally, spiritually, politically, financially, and most other lly’s we can think of. The problems, however, cannot be fixed by our education system, political system, or church programs. They all can be impacted in such a way that they too begin to operate properly and efficiently, but none of them will until a couple of other issues get straightened out first.
So how do we start to fix the increasingly complex issues of our day? As always it begins with LOVE. A love for God that is pure, true, and faithful. A love for God that is above all other things and all other people. Because the profoundly simple truth is that we can not love others rightly until we love God the way He commands and provides for us to love Him through His word and His most Holy Spirit. You see the word of God (Bible) must first make an impact on our hearts before anyone else. The word of God which is a living breathing discerning word has to change our lives before we look to change others. Once His words penetrate and bring about change in us we are to teach them diligently to our children. Reminding them of God’s constant presence and love. Teaching them His standards and His perfect ways.
There is a huge problem of laziness in our culture today and it is proven by the attitudes, language, and actions of our children and youth. The laziness comes in the form of assumption. Parents who assume that their kids will be impacted more in the 1-2 hours a week they spend at church than they will be the rest of the week outside of church. Church is not a building but rather who we are. I am the church just as you are the church. We are to be the church at home before we ever walk into the building.
When we love the Lord rightly, we are faithfully being the church in all places we go and teaching our children His ways, then and only then will we see a worthwhile change in our society. Do we want to see a change in our culture? Of course we do! So we need start that change in our homes and watch our kids grow up and be used by God to bring about a shift from wickedness to righteousness. We have a God given privilege and responsibility to train up our children in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).
Precious saints you have the solution to a problem we all share. What will you now do with it?