Engaging Our Children

On the fathering side of the parenting equation, many dads are uncertain and insecure with their role. Because I speak often on the topic of raising kids, I talk with many dads who are knee deep in the task. A shocking number of them (and moms, too) feel ill-equipped to bring up the children God has entrusted to them. Fathers need to go back and reread Genesis 18:19, one of the foundational texts for being a good dad. "For I have chosen him [Abraham], so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him" (NIV).

This passage bristles with implications about a dad's task. If the way of the Lord is to be maintained, fathers must teach it. Parenting is a team task, but the responsibility for modeling "the way of the Lord" falls directly on fathers. Dads must inculcate into young minds a vision for a life that honors God. As a measure of the import of this task the text says in some way the fulfillment of God's covenant promise to Abraham is tied to his being a faithful father.

[Read the rest of the article at Answers in Genesis.]