In the book of Romans Paul teaches about God’s truth made clear since the beginning of time. Are we teaching our children that God’s truth will keep us on the path of righteousness—the path that leads to safety? The Bible says that we should be!
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Hey everybody. This is Heidi St. John. Welcome to the podcast. Today is Wednesday the 18th of March. Can you guys believe it? We’re about halfway through, over halfway through, the month of March and today I’m going to offer you a little bit of encouragement from the Word of God. God says that we are to teach our children well. Teach our children well. What does that mean? We’re going to talk about it. Stick around, I think you’re going to be encouraged. It’s been a very busy month for me here at the podcast. Also, a lot going on on my travel schedule. Thanks to everybody who’s been coming out to say hello. This podcast in particular is sponsored by my friends at Teach Them Diligently and for everyone listening in the Rogers, Arkansas area, I’m going to be speaking for their convention on March 26 to 28th just a few days from now. And I really want to encourage you to join me there.
For nine years, the homeschool conventions at Teach Them Diligently have been an encouragement to new homeschool families and seasoned homeschooling families and even people who are just thinking about family discipleship and homeschooling alike. So, come on out, check it out. You can use the code Heidi for $15 off your registration. And then once you’re there you guys stop by my table and come and say hello. I really, really enjoy meeting you out on the road. We’re about halfway through our study of Luke over at MomStrong International and I want to just encourage you to join us. For those of you who might be new to my podcast, we have a group of a little over 15,000 women that do the scripture writing challenge with me every month and many of them are also doing our monthly Bible study at Momstrong International. I do a weekly teaching online in a private Facebook group for monthly Bible study members and that happens every Wednesday. So, today I’ll be doing that.
And the conversations that we share as a community of believers are very refreshing. We’re talking about what’s happening in the culture, I take questions from members and then we’re able to sort of talk about these things in real time. So, come check it out, Momstronginternational.com or you can message us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. So, I am, I told you guys, you heard it in my voice on Monday. I have been really seeking the Lord as to, “What exactly Lord do you want me to do? Am I hearing you? Am I following your lead?” I think it’s really easy for us. We live in a culture that is permeated. You guys heard me say this with my friend Nate Wilkins. We live in a culture that has been permeated by fear. No better place to see this than just watching what’s happening with the Covid-19 the CoronaVirus. And I think there are things certainly for us to be aware of and there are other things for us to be afraid of. And yet God said He didn’t give us a spirit of fear. He said, “I gave you power and love and a sound mind.”
And so when I come on the podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, my exhortation to you is, “Hey, get off the bench, get onto the battlefield.” Why? Because the Lord will never leave you and He’ll never forsake you. He says to be strong and courageous over and over and over in the Bible. Psalm 31:24, be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord. And I was thinking about this the other day in light of… The State of Washington, immediately Governor Inslee… “It’s a state of emergency.” I told you guys everybody freaked out, you can’t get toilet paper and you know all the things. I think it’s a great reminder that being prepared for any kind of emergency is always a good idea. I’ve done lots of podcasts on emergency preparedness and sometimes we just need to prepare ourselves against the stupidity of human beings. That’s the truth.
And so if you don’t have a little stash of toilet paper and water, extra water, extra food, this is a really good reminder of why we need it. Because when there is a crisis, even if it’s a manufactured one, people freak out. It’s a really good reminder of why socialism will never work because socialism depends on the generosity of human beings. We’re just going to share with each other. But you know what I’m learning? We’re not going to share. We’re really not. I saw people literally arguing and pushing each other around in a grocery store over anti-bacterial wipes the other day. Astonishing. And so we want to be ready when we’re not having a crisis because when you try to get ready when there is one, boy things are difficult. So, after this blows over and it will, get yourself on Amazon subscribe and save, which is what I’ve been doing for years. I always have extra toilet paper, extra paper towels, feminine products, all those kinds of things—have I mentioned I had five daughters?
So, all those things I keep really kind of stacked, always a little bit ahead of myself in the pantry. The first month or two that you do that’s kind of painful. But then after that it’s fine and you’ll be ahead, which is where you want to be. But this is a great opportunity for those of us who know the Lord of heaven’s armies to actually be who God says we are. I was talking to my daughter, Savannah a few days ago about this and she said she’s been reading article after article about how the people who aren’t afraid in the culture right now are Christians. They are people whose trust is in the Lord and who know that our days have already been ordained for us and these are the people that are still doing the good things, still preparing for an emergency, still washing your hands, still all of those things. Take your vitamins, but they’re not gripped by fear.
And those of us who are believers, you guys this is a great opportunity for you to shine. Men and women of faith you can shine right now. Be strong and courageous, Psalm 31:24, all you who put your hope in the Lord. Why? Because our hope is not in the government. Another Psalm says, “Some may trust in horses and some might trust in chariots and some…” I’m going to just go off my own translation now. Some might trust in a vaccine for the Covid-19 Virus and some might trust in homeschooling and some might trust in staying home and never going out of your house, but we don’t. We trust in the name of the Lord. Lord show us how to be wise, right? Walk with the wise and become wise and then show us what you want us to do. And the Bible says that we’re to be strong and courageous. The Bible also says that we are to keep watch and pray. Why? So, that we won’t give into temptation for the spirit is willing but the body is weak.
You guys ever noticed our visceral reaction to fear? We do things we wouldn’t normally do. So, one of the antidotes to that is to keep watch. So, we are observing what’s happening around us and we’re praying so that we don’t react in fear, so that we don’t freak out, so that we bring honor and glory to the Lord in every aspect of our lives. The Bible also says that we keep watch and pray so that we won’t give into temptation. And this is something that I’m going to cover with you guys just for a few minutes here at the podcast and then I’m going to answer a question from a listener, but I think it’s really important for us to be always aware and always on guard of the pervasiveness of sexual morality in the culture, not only so that we can stay away from it ourselves, but so that we can teach our children why we’re doing that.
And the Bible tells us to be careful. In Psalm 6:32 it says, “The man who commits adultery is an utter fool for he destroys himself.” The Bible says he destroys himself. That was Proverbs 6:32 but if you just go back a little bit farther up from verse 32, let’s start right here. I’m going to start in verse 20. So, Proverbs 6:20. My son, obey your father’s commands and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart, tie them around your neck, when you walk their counsel will lead you, when you sleep they will protect you, when you wake up they will advise you. This is why parents, we need to be wise. Our children are actually looking to us to give them wise counsel to protect them, to give them a direction, right? The Bible says, in verse 23, for their command... The command of the parents, a godly parent, is a lamp. And their instruction a light, their corrective discipline is the way to life.
Verse 24, it will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman. Don’t lust for her beauty, don’t let her quake glances seduce you for a prostitute will bring you to poverty and sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life. Can a man scoop a flame into his lap? Boy, you want to talk about pornography with your sons especially. Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire? Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? So, it is with a man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished. And then verse 30, excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving, but if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house. But the man who commits adultery, is an utter fool for he destroys himself. He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased.
And I was thinking about this as we talk to our children about what’s going on in the culture and we try to teach them righteousness. One of my kids was in the car with me, my youngest actually. We have all kinds of conversations going back and forth and she’s just at that age, she’s nine and a half years old. She’s just at the age where she’s like, “Really mom, you and daddy ours kissing in the kitchen.” She’s like, “I saw daddy kissing you.” And she runs and pretends she thinks it’s awful. But the truth is it gives her security and she finds security in knowing that her dad and I love each other and that our relationship is well, all is well in the union of Jay and Heidi St. John. And she began to ask me about a situation that she heard about, right? And this is just the culture that we live in.
She heard about a person who had fallen into sexual sin and she didn’t understand what she was talking about necessarily, but she knew that it had something to do with a mom and dad and how they love each other and sex and the whole thing. And I’ve always been very tender with our children. Very direct with them, but I’m always asking the Holy Spirit to help me understand what is good for them to hear and what is not good for them to hear. And when our children are ready to hear and when they’re not ready to hear. But as I was talking with her, I was able to steer the conversation into why it’s so important that we listen to God’s Word. That God says that, when a husband and a wife make a commitment… She said, “What makes marriage so special? Why can’t anybody just sleep with somebody?” And I said, “What makes marriage special is that it puts us in line with what God says is right and good. When we enter into a marriage covenant and we stay inside the bounds of marriage covenant, the Lord blesses it.”
But the Bible says that the man who strays outside or the woman who strays outside of those marriage bonds, the covenant of marriage is a fool because he destroys himself. The Bible says, the person who does that will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased. Can we get over it? Yes, but you’re forever known as the man who committed adultery or the women who strayed outside of her marriage or whatever it is. It stays with you forever. It doesn’t mean you can’t find forgiveness, it doesn’t mean you can’t find joy and healing and go on with your life, but the Bible says it follows you forever. Why? Because it does. And we want to teach our children wisdom. We model it first, but we want to teach our children well. Mom and dad, don’t be afraid to teach your children what God says about walking in right relationship with him and how absolutely loved they are. They are so loved. And I love that the Bible teaches us all throughout Scripture how loved we are.
Psalm 31:19, how great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you? You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. Oh, how He loves us. He loves us. You are loved. Your children are loved. They need to know that they’re loved. Love is a much better motivator by the way, than fear. When you’re trying to teach your children what it means to walk with the Lord, let them see how much you love them and then that translates into how much they can be, they can trust you and they can love you. I love that we can teach our children incredible love of God. The overwhelming never ending reckless love of God.
It’s an amazing thing that God would come after us, that he would save us from our sin, that he would point us in the way to walk in our lives, that he would say flee, run with everything that’s in you from sexual immorality, but He goes farther than that. He says that the person who follows him, who walks with him is actually going to be blessed before the entire world. And why does God do that? It’s not for our glory, it’s for His glory. It’s for the honor of His name. Psalm 31:3, you are my rock and my fortress, for the honor of your name lead me out of this danger. For the honor of your name help me walk in right relationship with you. For the honor of Your name keep me from pornography. For the honor of Your name help me share your love with people around. Heidi St. John’s got nothing to offer in and of herself, but with the Lord because I know the Lord of heaven’s armies. I can lead other people to the rock and to the fortress. To the place where God says we can hide. Teach your children that they can hide.
Every single week, I get questions from you guys here at the podcast and I love your questions. I love that you’re writing to me, I love that you’re a lot of you are courageous. Some of you fill out the form, which you can do by the way at heidistjohn.com/mailboxmonday. I love that you filled that form. Some of you will argue with me, some of you say, “I disagreed with you about this.” I don’t mind the conversation. Part of my desire in having the conversation here is to equip you so that you can have these conversations in your own homes. We need to be having the conversations. And so in light of that, I’m going to answer a couple of questions that were sort of in line with the same question that I answered on Monday and these are questions I get literally every day here at the podcast and I’m happy that they’re coming in because it tells me that we’re interested in having the conversation. So, I’m going to read to you one question for sure and if I’ve got time I’ll get to another one.
Hi Heidi, I wanted to ask your insight on something. I recently pulled my 11 year old and 13 year old out of junior high after listening to your biblical reasoning on why you homeschool and the government schools ungodly teaching… that encourages me so much. I’m really glad to hear that. I have two other kids, one of who is 10 and in fourth grade and also a nephew who I recently adopted who is four years old and in pre-school. I’m a single mom who has to work and I even had to believe that I could try to homeschool my two older kids while juggling everything else. You know what sweet mom? It does take that. It does take that. When you say, “I had to try to, I had to believe.” It’s that faith, say, “Lord, I’m going to do what I know is best for my children and I’m going to trust that you’re going to help me do it.” And God will do it. And so I love that you included that in your letter.
She goes on to say, “My 10 year old is in a dual immersion program learning Spanish and English in school and one of his teachers is a homosexual. He doesn’t hide this and is very pushy, but not necessarily with that issue, but I recently had a meeting and I’m hearing things my daughter is doing with her friends trying to fit in and so forth. He knows my stand and biblical ways of teaching my kids, but I’m worried about my daughter being with him in school just because of the spiritual impact. I know that there’s people everywhere who are gay and my boss is also gay. But what I’m really struggling with is homeschooling my other two kids and bringing in my 10 year old home and being home together while I work. I’m worried about what it will be like. I don’t know if I should move her out of that class, but I don’t want her not to have the dual immersion opportunity or if I should just trust God and pull her out of the public school as well. I really want to hear what you think about this, please help.”
All right. So, I think you already know what I’m going to say. So, I don’t believe that any type of education, whether it’s a Spanish immersion program or a credit for it to get your kid into college earlier or what it is, I don’t believe any of these things are worth the souls and the minds of our children, which is really what’s at stake. So, I would encourage you as I encourage people every single week here at the podcast to pull your child out of school. You will never regret training your children in righteousness. The Bible says that we are responsible as parents for what we allow into the lives of our children, for what we allow to influence them and it is so important that your child has a biblical worldview. We need a biblical worldview.
Dr. Dallas Willard, who is a Christian author and the professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California said this, “Bluntly, to serve God well, we must think straight. And crooked thinking unintentional or not always favors evil. And when the crooked thinking gets elevated into group orthodoxy, whether religious or secular, there is always, quite literally, hell to pay.” And so it seems like it’s common right now to leave out biblical principles and instead use the same rules of engagement that secular use when Christians practice apologetics, especially on social media. And I’m going to encourage you, this is not about demeaning people that don’t think the way that we do, any of those kinds of things. What I want to encourage you to do instead, is to focus on what would be the worldview of your child, should you leave her in this environment.
So, you might be teaching her at home that God’s the creator of the universe. You might be teaching her the homosexuality is wrong, but as she gets into farther and farther relationship with people who completely disagree with your worldview, what happens is her worldview will become distorted by the world. This is exactly what the Bible says. A person’s worldview, which is a set of beliefs and presuppositions that we use to define how we see the major issues of life, have to be based on truth. And as believers, our truth comes from the Word of God. It has to be based on a truth that corresponds to reality. Otherwise, we’re going to set ourselves up for heartbreak and failure. And in developing our worldview, we want to truthfully answer the most important questions that the culture is asking.
So when we’re believers, our worldview should be based on the Bible. And this is where we find the best answers to these questions, right? Where did I come from? What’s my purpose? What is wrong with the world? Why are we suffering? Is there a solution to the problems of the world? Is there eternity? Do I have an eternal destiny? What does the Lord say about human sexuality? What does the Lord say about truth? Right? And we can know that the Christian worldview is the right one because we can test for objective truth in Christianity. So, we know that objective truth always corresponds to reality, the way things really are. So for example, objective truth means that we say something that can be clearly seen and it’s in the culture around us. So, we know that men are men and women are women, that they’re not interchangeable. This is an objective truth and it means that it can be known. God has not made it hard for us. In fact, he’s made it pretty easy if we just take some time to investigate.
And so we see much evidence for truth in God’s worldview, right? Romans 1:19-20, since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen being understood from what has been made so that people are without excuse. In Psalm 19, David said, The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies proclaim the handiwork of his hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech, night after night, they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words, no sound is heard from them and yet their voice goes out into all the earth. Their words to the end of the world. So, God is saying that even just looking around us, we call this general revelation. What we see in nature tells us that God’s truth is being made clear since the beginning of time.
We want to teach our children that truth exists. And if our children are constantly being bathed in a worldview that is antithetical to the view that God holds up for us in Scripture, we know that our children are going to pay a price for it. We want to equip our children with a biblical worldview and defend it to them. And the best way to do that, because Christianity’s on trial in the culture right now, the best way to do that is to educate our children from a biblical worldview which cannot be done in the government, in the public school system. So anyway, I hope that that helps to answer your question. As parents, we are responsible for what our children know about faith and culture. And we have a very limited time in which to teach them. And so I want to encourage you to teach your children well. Wash them in the word every day and teach them how to interact with the culture from the worldview that says that God is truth. That is the place that we start.
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