7 principles to raise up a generation for God: 6. Leave behind a legacy of faith

family Apr 10, 2019

By: Manuela Castellanos

Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”

Deuteronomy 4:9



As a church, this year we’ve decreed that it would be a year of going back to the start.

What does this mean? It means to live and do things from the Biblical and Christian perspective, as God intended it from the beginning. I found an excellent book, which I recommend to all the parents and/or educators, Speaking A New Language by Mark Bellies.



Our responsibility

In this book, the author explains a little about how Jewish education used to be with a Biblical perspective. Our foundation and map are in the Word. In the passage from Deuteronomy, we clearly see that God entrusted the children to their parents to be taught by them. IT’S NOT THE STATE’S RESPONSIBILITY!



The Biblical example:

  1. Jewish children were taught at home until they were about eight years old. After this, some would receive supplementary training from levites and priests until they were thirteen. (Gal. 4, 2 Cro. 17:7-9)  
  2. The Biblical model included the men as well as the women, and the children were educated at home by their parents.
  3. The parents’ responsibility was to look for good tutors who could train them in the way they should walk. (Pr. 22:6)
  4. It was an education based on godly principles and values, not just subject knowledge.

 

Last year, Rich and I began to look for different places and school options for our oldest son Noah. We found an excellent school, very close to our house, with the Montessori method which I personally love. But on Noah’s first day of school, we saw a boy that was his same age...the only difference was he had two moms. In that moment, I understood that I could not take the risk of letting my son grow up in a pagan context, where they call the good bad and the bad good. I understood that what I need to care for the most in my son’s life is his pure faith in God and His Word. Without having to think it over twice, we took him out of the school.

 

It may not be as common in South America, but in the United States there are over three million children who are homeschooled every year. It’s actually how the nation was born. Approximately two of three of all the nation’s founding leaders were educated at home, and their faith determined the Christian foundation for this nation.

 

About a month ago, I started a new stage in my life where I took on the responsibility of educating my children. I’ll be honest, I prayed and researched a lot before making the decision because it’s a lot of work!

 

When God kept this feeling in my heart for more than a year, I said, “Okay Lord. If this is really what you want me to do, I ask that You would speak clearly to my heart”. I started my day reading the Proverb of the day, and this was the Word God gave me to confirm: “Train (teach) up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Without giving it further thought, I said, “Amen Lord, I’ll do it!”.

 

I’m excited, and I feel privileged to be able to do it. I hope to share more of our experiences in the future. I want to motivate every mom to evaluate what she should do to be a part of her children’s education. It’s our responsibility, not the state’s!

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