Sometimes a parent will say, “I don’t want to make my children go to Bible class or church services.” Why not? “Because I am afraid if I do, when they grow up they may rebel against it, and won’t go to church or read the Bible anymore.”

It’s funny how we get ideas about religious things we would think silly if applied to other areas. We might ask this parent, “Do you make them go to public school?”

“Oh yes!,” they would reply. Why? “It’s good for them and they need an education.”

Do we not think Bible study is good for them? Do we not think they need a spiritual education? Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important. They can use these skills as long as they live, but the instruction they get from the Bible they will be eternally helpful.

What would you think of a person who said, “I’m not going to force my children to study geography because they may never look at a map again as long as they live.” Or, “I’m not going to make my child go to math class because he hates math and if I make him go he’ll probably never balance his checkbook or make any investments.”

Do we use this reasoning when talking about taking a bath? Do we say, “I’m not going to make my children bathe because if I make them take baths when they are little, when they grow up they may rebel against it and not ever take another bath as long as they live.”

Think about it—and bring your children Sunday!

“…a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame” —Proverbs 29:15


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