The infant of today is the young man or woman of tomorrow, leaving home to enter life with the equipment largely provided by parents.
You, fathers and mothers—what have they seen in your house? Have you prepared them to face life, or have you robbed them of those things which they should have seen and experienced?
Has your example been such that they might profit by it? Have your concerns been centered on time or on eternity? on material or on spiritual values?
Has your son been conditioned to regard the making of a living, a “success” in life, of primary importance, or do the kingdom of God and his righteousness come first?
Has your daughter learned the social graces at the expense of spiritual truth? Does she know the source of true beauty? Has she the built-in safeguards to purity, or are her standards those of the world?
Christian parents have the future of the world in their hands. The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Character developed in the home can be the safeguard of tomorrow. The compromises of parents can become the weakness of their children. The folly of parents can develop into the undoing of their children. The flaws of training develop into the weaknesses of mature life.
The responsibility of parents is such that only God can give the wisdom, firmness, and love which must characterize the Christian home. Nor can this responsibility be shifted to other shoulders. Teachers, whether in church or public schools, have their own responsibilities, but they must be supplemental to those of the home, not the sole source of child training.
Basic to child training are the disciplines which center in God and his Word. That we live in a time of undisciplined lives—lives of adults and children alike—is a frightening ...1
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