Protecting Our Children

The rainbow colors representing the gay movement that flooded our White House were a vivid reminder that our government leaders have put aside righteousness and, instead, are seeking a new way of life–their own way.  Their claim to be generous of spirit and kind and considerate of the feelings of others as a mark of  living well while having no regard for the moral virtue of sexual purity as expressed in “Thou shall not commit adultery” shows their disregard or ignorance of historic Christianity.  We want our children to be gentle, kind, considerate of others while holding to the moral virtues expressed best in the Moral Law.

How can we protect them from being deceived by this perversion of God’s ways?

One way is to have a plan and work to bring it about.  If all you are doing is grabbing at straws–a Bible verse here, a lecture there– you will probably fail.  I was once hired to teach comparative government to one hundred seniors in high school.  The catch was that there was no textbook for the course; no approved body of knowledge all wrapped up in nice lesson plans for me to dispense!  Taking it a day at a time, I thought about what I would teach that day while driving to work.  I was soon in big trouble!  When you are responding to the immediate needs of children, it is a little difficult to put together the whole teaching of the Bible in a form that can be transferred from one generation to another!!  You will be grabbing at straws like I was.

Happily, you are not left without resources.  The Confessions of Faith and the Catechism questions that go with them have worked for centuries to teach our children the basics of Christianity.  The Apostles Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Heidelberg, the Baptist 1689 Confession, the Westminster Confession all give you a systematic body of knowledge that accurately communicates the Christian faith.

But, isn’t having a Bible without error enough?”  someone might object.  My former pastor, Ernest Reisinger wrote:

It is important to have an inerrant Bible, but what good is a Bible without error if we do not know what it teaches or how to apply it to every day life?  Many heretics and cults believe the Bible.  However, it is their interpretation as to what the Bible means that has led them to their cultic and heretical views.  This is why the Creeds and Confessions came into existence.  The Creeds and Confessions were born out of controversy as to what the Bible teaches.

Remember my senior government class and the troubles I brought upon myself with those spur of the moment lesson plans?  The value of examining a confession of faith, and adapting it for your own, is that it becomes a handy reference source for teaching children.  Most include scripture footnotes, the words are carefully chosen, the topics clearly set forth.  Voila!  Your lesson plan!  You can quickly find the verses needed to teach that God is wise; that He works out all things for our good; that we reap what we sow; that sin has consequences; that there is a Moral Law.

Let’s be sure we believe our confession of faith and the historic creeds, and then, use them to teach children what the Bible says, what it means, and how they can apply it.

Having a plan, and disciplining yourself to use it, are the secrets to protecting children from the big deception that to ignore God’s Moral Law has no consequences.

The following links will provide you with the resources you need:

Banner of Truth – Biblical Christianity Through Literature

cvbbs – Christian Books and Bibles at a discount

Great Commission Publications

Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it;  Then you will find rest for your  souls”  (Jeremiah 6:16).

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righeousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them (Psalm 103:17-18).

 

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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