"The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of knowledge" - Proverbs
Welcome to Emanuel Lutheran Church. We have been serving the faith needs of Tipton for over 100 years. Please take a look at our site! We have many events ongoing throughout the year.
Our Mission Statement:
"As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek His strength through
His Word and Sacrament and seek to reach
out with the Good News of the Gospel."
In these long winter months, when we're forced to stay indoors because of the cold weather, we tend to watch a lot more television an spend extra time on the internet, but what about the lost art of having actual person-to-person conversations? Indeed, I think if we did a little experiment at home and recorded how much time the family actually spends engaged with one another, I think we might be surprised and perhaps disappointed at how little time we actually spend with each other.
In addition, how many of us engage in conversations about God and our faith with our spouses or children?
I sincerely believe that our society's over-emphasis on electronic devices, despite their convenience, has actually contributed to wrecking God's design for the family as being the primary vehicle for passing along our faith to the next generation. And the family is the means by which God intended our faiths to be transmitted.
"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 on 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." - Deuteronomy 6:5-9
But how are we doing in that department? Well, according to a recent study, there is a measurable positive impact on the maturity of one's faith if they have a conversation about God with their mother between the ages of 5 through 12. Unfortunately, 40% of 18 year-olds say this type of talk rarely if ever occurred. Talking with one's father about God was also shown to have a powerful influence on a child's faith. But it seems the American Christian family has failed here as well, with 56% of our young adults reporting that no such discussion ever happened.
It would seen God's explicate instructions for parents to not only raise their children in the faith, but talk to them about it, has fallen on deaf ears, or we just don't care. Whatever the reason, this is a critical problem that needs to be addressed.
So, what should we do about it? Well, if you have adult children, might I suggest apologizing to them for our lack of attention to this God mandated command? To those who still have kids at home you might want to start with reclaiming dinner time. Since we all have to eat, set aside dinner as a time that is off-limits for any scheduling conflicts. (And mandate that everyone set down those stupid smartphones.) And then actually talk to each other and share some blessing that God gave you that day. As the conversation progresses, use whatever might be happening in your child's life as a "teachable moment" perhaps asking the simple question, "How do you suppose God feels about that?" Of course, begin the meal with prayer and may I suggest ending it with prayer as well.
Give it a shot...try it for a month...and see if God doesn't bless you and your family.
Until next month...
Serving our Savior,
Pastor Robb Roloff