My roommate Matt was kind enough to send me an article from Time magazine entitled, “The Case for Teaching the Bible.” Apparently, most people want the Bible taught as literature in public schools. I have mixed feelings about it; on the one hand, the Bible is the basis for much of our culture, but on the other hand, do you really want an unbeliever teaching your children the Bible?
Speaking of the Bible, let’s take a look at Deuteronomy 6:4-9:
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.
So it’s the parents’ responsibility to teach the kids the Bible — in fact, to infuse it into every aspect of a family’s life. One of the most telling quotations in the story was from an 18-year-old girl who said, “If somebody is going to carry on a sophisticated conversation with me, I would rather know what they’re talking about than look like a moron or fight my way through it.” Apparently, she didn’t know enough of the Bible before the class to know what people were talking about. She didn’t pick up much biblical knowledge at home.
Here’s the point where I’m tempted to jump off into a rant about parents outsourcing their childrens’ spiritual education to the church youth group. I could also talk about how Christian college ministries reap the results of such a poor spiritual heritage. But I think I’ll hold off for now. I guarantee it will come up some time in the future.