At first glance you might fit the description of a Christian father. You attend
church most Sunday mornings with your
family. Your children are homeschooled.
You lead in prayer before dinner.
But the twelfth juror wants to hear your
testimony again. The court transcript is
produced and read aloud.
Do you have a regular devotion time
with your family? Do you pray regularly
for your wife and children? How often do
you read your Bible? Are you committed
to a local church? Are you given to anger?
Do your children see evidence of your
love for your wife? How are you obeying
Ephesians 6 and raising them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord? How
are you obeying Deuteronomy 6 and
teaching them diligently the words of
God? Do you have a plan to teach them
diligently, or do you wing it?
Dads, if someone started to dig into
your life, what would they find? Christian fatherhood is defined by more than
external appearances. It goes to the bone,
or more appropriately, the heart. Christian
fatherhood doesn’t begin and end with
what we teach our children, what school
they do or do not attend, or what we allow
them to read. It begins with a man who is
wholly devoted to his Savior. A Christian
father is one whose whole life is consumed
with a passion for God. Everything else in
a man’s life flows from this fountain.
Paul told fathers in Ephesus to raise
their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. But before giving
any commands, he reminded them of
the grace of God. Love for God which
comes from knowing God’s love for us
is the springboard for all Christian duty,
In Deuteronomy 6, before telling fathers
to teach children diligently, God commands
His people to love Him with all their heart.
This is the first duty of Christian manhood.
Love for God should be strong and vibrant.
It should overflow in love for others. A
love for God that is seen and admired by
children will teach much. Christian fatherhood doesn’t begin with removing children
from public school, or even teaching them
the Bible. It begins when a father loves God
Do you? How would a jury know your
love for God? What evidence could you
I fear too many homeschool fathers
think they are fulfilling their duties because they have kept their children out of
public schools. They believe they are doing a good job because of their conviction
to homeschool but offer no spiritual leadership in the home and no evidence of a
passion for God. They feel like Christian
fathers because they have gone against
the grain of culture. But is this enough?
The jury is still out.
David West is passionate about raising
the next generation to hope in God. He is
blessed with a godly wife and six children.
David writes monthly for a local homeschool newsletter and blogs occasionally at
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