Readiness for Back to School (Part I)

Many students are getting ready to go back to school this month. While we get them ready with various supplies and clothing, we should also prepare ourselves and our children for the school year ahead as they go back to the battlefield!

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:1-4

Interestingly, before the Apostle Paul described the armor of God, he addressed children honoring the parents. He also taught the parents not to provoke their children. Healthy family relationships are at the heart of who we are as God’s people, and in the beginning, it was the primary government that God established on the earth. When family is out of order, we expose ourselves spiritually.

Children are called to honor their parents and the scripture provides a promise of a good and long life.  In addition, as parents, we are called not to provoke our children to wrath but do our due diligence to raise them in His ways. This allows believers to have a strong and secure foundation that enables them to use the armor of God and be overcomers.

The current progressive educational climate wants to regard parents as villains because they do not agree with every content of teaching. On the contrary, in God’s eyes, parents are the primary teachers and trainers of their children, and no one should take that place in their lives.

The government or the educational system should not have the authority to overstep their boundaries and teach things that are going against the conviction of the parents. Also if there is questionable content, the schools/teachers should seek the approval of the parents rather than expect the parents to opt out of things that they may or may not be aware of.

As we begin a new school year, it would be important to develop good communication with the your children’s teachers. Offer your support and assistance but also communicate your convictions about the things you don’t want  your child to participate in.

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