Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Wilberforce: training up

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
    Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
    —Ephesians 6:4 (NIV)
    In an age wherein it is confessed and lamented that infidelity abounds, do we observe in [Christians] any remarkable care to instruct their children in the principles of faith which they profess, and to furnish them with arguments for the defense of it? They would blush, on their child’s coming out into the world, to think him defective in any branch of that knowledge, or of those accomplishments, which belong to his station in life; and accordingly these are cultivated with becoming assiduity. But he is left to collect his religion as he may: the study of Christianity has formed no part of his education; and his attachment to it, where any attachment to it exists at all, is, too often, not the preference of sober reason and conviction, but merely the result of early and groundless prepossession.
    ... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 76 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may these children, _____ and _____, grow up to know and serve You.
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