Friday, August 27th, 2010
"From infancy you have known the holy writings" (2 Timothy 3:15)
Responsible parenthood involves much more than providing the child with food, clothing, shelter, and health care. Young ones need to learn from a tender age the moral principles by which to live. Children should be brought up "in the discipline and mental-regulating of Jehovah." (Ephesians 6:4) This "mental-regulating" involves implanting Jehovah's thoughts in the mind of a child from its tender infancy on through the critical years of adolescence. When Jesus told his followers that they should "make disciples of people of all the nations," he most certainly meant that parents should help their children to become disciples. (Matthew 28:19, 20) That is a challenge because of the pressures that this world puts on young people. Therefore, parents who succeed in rearing their children to become dedicated Christians truly deserve the warm commendation of all in the congregation.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 4:10, 11)
Some people have recently been trying to claim that it's abusive to inculcate religion or knowledge about God and the Bible into children, but I think it's abusive and neglectful to *deny* a child that knowledge & education...because they certainly won't have an opportunity to learn it anywhere else, (other than at home or in the congregation).
I can't even imagine growing up without having knowledge of Jehovah and a spiritual education. Some of my fondest memories as a baby/toddler (which it seems like I'd be too young to remember) is being at assemblies & conventions and feeling very secure & content while laying there curled up on my blanket, listening to the program. =)