by Rev. Benjamin Chung (鍾立恆牧師)
I saw a mother on Facebook post about how her child’s teacher informed them that their daughter would slap people. The parents did not truly believe this, until their first week homeschooling when their daughter did slap someone at home. Now the parents do believe the teacher. This likely means that the parents likely thought their daughter was more innocent that she let on!
This “shelter in place” is necessary on many levels. Talking with a cousin who is a psychologist, she sees how this time is going to be eye-opening to many families. Instead of sending their children to school, the children are required to be home with their parents. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to spend more time together. It also means that the parents will see more of their children’s good and bad behaviors. What this also does is force is to understand that schools are here to assist in teaching our children. But, in reality, the primary responsibility for rearing children are the parents, not the school teachers. Schools are primarily to teach academics, but it so often seems parents can leave the training of ethics, morals and the like, up to schools too!
Conversely, some parents have actually chosen to homeschool their children before the required “homeschooling” because they do want to make sure that their children are brought up well according to biblical standards, also knowing that their children are a gift from God to raise up according to God’s will.
The same is also true for the church. The Sunday School lessons we teach children should also be thought of as a supplemental teaching that reinforces the biblical teaching Christian parents are already teaching their kids. For as parents, raising our children isn’t just a task so that our children will love us and take care of us when we are old. This is a good and honoring responsibility, but this should not a parent’s primary motivation. Rather, we must acknowledge as the Psalmist does of how “Children are a heritage from the LORD” (Psalm 127:3a ESV). A heritage is a gift. So the Psalmist is saying that children are given to us by God and we should joyful acknowledge the holy task we have in the raising up of these precious gifts.
PS. Please wish Alfonso and Susan Chang a congratulations as they became grandparents last Sunday! They also have a holy task as grandparents! 😊