The Greatest Untapped Evangelistic Opportunity Before the Modern Church
There are many mission fields, but family presents what may be the greatest untapped evangelistic opportunity before the church today. What is at stake is the salvation of millions of children under the evangelistic and discipleship ministry of fathers and mothers in the home. This is not the only mission field, to be sure, but it is perhaps the most neglected mission field before the church in our time.
The Bible calls fathers to preach the gospel to their children everyday, when they "sit in their house, when they walk by the way, when they lie down and when they rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:7). A father is to pass on the knowledge of God to the next generation. He is commanded to expose his children day by day to the greatness of God, the perfections of His ways, and the great stories that explain His nature and character. This kind of instruction gives children a true understanding of the gospel....
Russ wrote: Truth. I think they are right on the money. We are losing our youth because fathers are not fulfilling their God ordained role as shepherds of their own families.
I really admire home-schoolers' willingness and earnestness in taking control and overseeing their kids' overall life training.
I'm not a parent but it must be VERY tempting to just turn the whole job of educating your kid over to a school so you can get on with your own life's activities. Nothing wrong with this as long as the parents remains proactive and involved in the kid's daily progress, rather than be disconnected.
Disconnected parents of the same generation of my own parents tended to only get visibly involved AFTER their kid got into trouble at school. Once the kid's "trouble" was "resolved", these same parents essentially disappeared until their kid got into trouble again. They seemed reactive as opposed to being proactive, and were either unable and/or unwilling to really care about much of what was happening in their kid's life. Sad.