In a recent Homeschooling Today article I discussed the importance of imparting a biblical vision for life to our sons as we train them to be family, church, and civic leaders in the next generation. While this article is a quick skeleton of what I desired to write when I first sat down at the keyboard, I thought I’d take the time to expound upon it here.
You can find the original article online along with the Moody radio interview about the article here. (Also, if you are not a subscriber to Homeschooling Today you can get $4 off an annual subscription by following this link.)
The article outlines some categories we are responsible for in training our sons. It then goes on to address these different categories, within the different time periods of the life of our sons. The categories identified are as follows:
Family Role: Son, brother, husband, father, grandfather
Character: Integrity, obedience to God’s Word and our conscience
Theology: Foundation for all of life, what we believe about God
Education: Basic education early, specific education for life purpose later
Finances: Building wealth for freedom and advancing the Kingdom
Reformer: In calling, in culture, in family, in church, in life
The premise is that fathers have a biblical obligation to provide their sons with training in each of these areas. I am not saying that these categories are inherently biblical by the name I have given them, but rather the principle behind the category is.
Here is how it is stated in the article:
Our sons need training, education, and discipleship in each of these areas. If we give them a top notch education and teach them every aspect of what the professional educators say is the current latest greatest curriculum so they outscore every child in both public and private school, but do not teach them about the subtle voice of their own conscience, we will have failed in our biblical duty to train our sons.
The same could be said for any of these spheres of life. If we teach them to be honest and hard working, but don’t introduce them to the One who defines these terms, we have failed. Or if we give them great vision, but fail to instruct them in finances so they can reach those goals, their life will be spent in frustration and failure.
There is much more to the Biblical commands for fathers to train their children than sending them off to school, or for that matter, homeschooling them for “academic” reasons. In the next several posts, I’d like to explores these commands and take each of these categories and discuss them in more detail. After that I would like to discuss an approach for how this high and lofty goal might be implemented.