DO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES TAKE PRIORITY OVER CHURCH ACTIVITIES IN YOUR HOME?
A quiet revolution is taking place in many homes that profess to be Christian: school activities are regularly taking priority over church activities. Is it any wonder why our kids are turning out secular? We wonder why they go off to college and discard their faith, and we wonder why we’ve lost our own sense of spiritual centering.
One example of current suburban lure is sports, especially travel sports. We are spending ever increasing amounts of money and time on this activity. As a result, travel sports are affecting how Christian families view and participate in the Lord’s Day. Some families are routinely missing numerous Sundays a year in order to make it to scheduled games and events. Some families even divide up, going to different locations over a weekend, to be at double events.
This kind of thing was unheard of 30 years ago, but now it is a multi-million-dollar industry. It lures people in and turns their lives upside down with little to no warning. The results are increased exhaustion and financial pressure, fatigue, family stress, and spiritual disintegration. Many of us will run our kids to their next sporting event but are investing very little into them spiritually. The question is, what does this say to our kids? What is the message we’re sending when travel sports trump the Lord’s Day? What happened to the Sabbath as a day set apart to the Lord?
Our kids are only here a short season. It may be time to take inventory and ask some tough questions about our schedules. It may be time to be the parents and set some new guidelines for sanity and spiritual health in our home. Can we say with Joshua, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”?
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor