"You cannot make your children love the Bible, I allow. None but the Holy Ghost can give us a heart to delight in the Word. But you can make your children acquainted with the Bible; and be sure they cannot be acquainted with that blessed book too soon, or too well.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is the foundation of all clear views of religion. He that is well-grounded in it will not generally be found a waverer, and carried about by every wind of new doctrine. Any system of training which does not make a knowledge of Scripture the first thing is unsafe and unsound." John Charles Ryle in the The Duties of ParentsI was struck tonight by the thought that as parents and as a society we value television shows or activities that teach our children their ABC's or manners or give us ten minutes of quiet to take a shower. The last time you were with a group of Moms and the subject was children did anyone mention what their son or daughter had been learning from the story of Joseph in the Bible or about Esther's braveness? Or was it centered on a children's show teaching their kid not to bite or a latest Disney obsession?
When is the last time you saw little boys acting out David and Goliath? When was the last time you saw little girls pretending to be Cinderella? Which do you see more often?
We teach what we value and what we put in front of our children to learn about tells them what we value.