There’s a lie going around among Christian parents, and especially with men, that says, “You don’t have to talk about your faith. Your children will catch your faith from you.”
While we all hope our children ‘catch’ our faith, our faith-motivated actions alone can go unnoticed or be misunderstood by our children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 tells parents, “You shall teach them (spiritual truths) diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way…”
That’s totally different from the silent approach Satan pushes on us.
God tells us to speak diligently about spiritual things, and He modeled this truth by being specific and clear in the Bible. God taught his children with plenty of direct instruction.
Satan wants to shut you up. He will make you feel awkward about sharing your faith verbally with others, even your own children. This is especially true among dads. For whatever reason, men often seem hesitant to take the spiritual lead in their families.
Maybe it’s a man’s pride that keeps him from speaking. A man may sense that he is not godly enough to speak about Biblical truth. Such a man may well be correct in his self-assessment, but the answer is not to remain silent. The truth is that none of us is godly in our own strength. We men must set aside our pride, admit our weakness, and speak out about spiritual things.
If Satan can’t make us silent, he will try to make us ignorant. He keeps many Christian men from studying God’s Word by casting doubt on it. Because some don’t fully trust the Bible, they won’t invest the time needed to understand it. But God doesn’t want the leaders of families to remain ignorant.
He desires that we study His Word so we can teach it to the next generation.
Of course, the truths in Scripture work perfectly for moms as well as dads. Where moms must lead in the home, God gives them the strength to do it well. But God designed the home to be led by a loving father, and while the silent type might still work in the movies, godly men need to speak up.
How willing are you to talk about your faith?
For He established a testimony in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should teach them to their children,
By James D. Dempsey, Ph.D.
Husband to Gail, Father of three
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Pastor at Anderson Mill Baptist Church
Presenter for The National Center For Biblical Parenting
Author of Parenting Unchained, and host of the radio show by the same name at www.LOTOradio.com