Bible study: The importance of the family altar

Bible study: The importance of the family altar

THE Q&A ARTICLE talks about the choice between sending your child to a Lutheran elementary school or to a public school. I know many WELS teachers in the public school setting who are giving another perspective to students without “teaching religion.” I love how they live their faith in the classroom while making sure they do not cross the line. I am also thankful for our WELS children who are being salt and light in public schools!

However, no matter where one chooses to send a child to school, Christian education must begin in the home with the “family altar.” The family altar refers to the custom of having devotions and talking about Jesus in the home.

Someone has said, “If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them not to.” When God says that he “punish[es] the children for the sins of the parents to the third and fourth generation” (Exodus 20:5), he is illustrating the point that sin and unbelief can be passed down from generation to generation. Our children are great imitators! God also tells us that we can hand down a positive example.

Read Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 18:5,6; and Matthew 19:13-15.

How do these passages shape the way you view your role in the Christian training of your children?

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Author: David Scharf
Volume 108, Number 6
Issue: June 2021

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