Family Under Attack | Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
The family is under attack. From the classroom to the courtroom to the cinema the “traditional” family is being hit from all sides. While parents can’t control Hollywood, they can control little Henry. We may not be able to sway judges, but little Jimmy lives under our roof. We can’t control everything the teacher says, but we can control what little Sarah hears and watches at home.
A few months ago Lori and I got hooked on the television show 24. The drama follows Jack Bauer, an agent with the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU). The show is no longer being produced so we can watch the episodes back-to-back (to back-to- back-to-back!). While the main culprits in this show are the terrorists, things really fall apart when someone inside CTU is working with the terrorists. The same thing happens in families. Many are blown apart from the inside.
As parents we are told to impress the Word of God on our children. We must be the ones who diligently teach the truths of the Bible inside the walls of our homes. We must teach our children to wield the sword of the Spirit, the word of God. The word “impress” means “to repeat.” This is not done in an evening over dessert. This is done every day over the long haul. The attacks are coming from the outside. We cannot blow it on the inside.
Father, help us teach and live out your Word every day in our lives and in our homes. Help us to do our job inside so we can withstand the attacks from the outside. In Jesus’ name. Amen.