I purposely chose to limit the majority of my sharing on Voddie Baucham’s book, Family Driven Faith, to the topics that would be viewed as controversial. Sports, dating, and education are all hot topics among Christian families today- with many people taking more than one side of the issue. In highlighting Baucham’s thoughts regarding these, I didn’t give a full representation of his book, or his purpose for writing it. Basically, it comes down to the byline of his title: doing what it takes to raise sons and daughters who walk with God. His premise is that the majority of children raised in a Christian home are leaving the faith once they are grown, and something radical needs to be done to prevent that from happening to yours and mine. This ‘radical’ thing isn’t really all that innovative- we simply need to return to the standards set in Deuteronomy 6:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
This only seems radical to us in this modern age where the Christian is not as removed from the world’s cultural norm as they should be. Loving God first needs to be our greatest priority, and leading our families this way may estrange us. For some this means staying out of the kids’ sport scene. For others this may mean homeschooling. For all this will mean sacrificing what the world thinks is of value for what God honors.
I really appreciated Baucham’s bold exhortation. Many of the things he outlined as being important to fostering what he called “multigenerational faithfulness”, we do not do with our children as consistently as I would like. I am praying we improve in the areas of teaching our children and being the best examples we can be, for starters. Just the other day, I was struck at how my five year old did not know about a prominent Bible figure. To fully embrace all that the Bible has to teach us and our children, we literally do have to be talking about the things of God “when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. The urgency to get the Word into my children before it is too late is felt all the more after reading such a book as Family Driven Faith.
I’ll end with a quote from LaHaye’s Revelation study guide, a picture of the person who has rejected God in the end times. This could describe our children, if we are not careful:
Already we have seen man refuse to repent on two different occasions in the face of these judgments. The last thing to be noted in this passage of Scripture is the hardness of the unsaved, unregenerate heart. “And men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail.” [Rev. 16:21] It is hard to conceive of man so rebellious that he would lift his face in final defiance to God even in the face of such disaster. All hopes and dreams will be ended with the ultimate consummation [God’s final judgment] because man will have chosen to worship Antichrist. ~Tim LaHaye, Revelation (emphasis mine)