As we are all in lock-down and not in social setting for worship, I sense a wonderful thing happening. I am not implying it did not exist before, but it seems now it is existing, growing, and I am praying it becomes the new normal.
This would be the transfer of the spiritual leadership from pastors or clergy to the head of homes. This is an incredible and fantastic consequence of not being able to worship together in a building. With little to no access to the ministries and programs of the local church, the Christian homes are taking the helm of leading the family in their worship, discipleship, and spiritual growth. This is incredibly biblical and an incredible need in our society. It must continue.
We have become a very entitled people. Our thinking and the culture has led us to believe that it is the responsibility of others to take care of us. The government, the schools, the churches, the leaders, the pastors, the entities of community, are not really going to provide for us in every way. Parents are stepping up.
Sure, we have some online encouragement, preaching, church services and teaching, but I realize most click on for a bit and click off, as our newly programmed time span is limited and we impulsively must click from thing to thing. The spiritual leaders and pastors are doing our best to stay connected, to shepherd our people, to reach out and that won’t stop, but it is not enough, it has never been enough to truly ground our children into the ways and heart of Christ.
I rejoice for I see family leaders taking charge of the spiritual state of their homes. Not just homes with children, but couples without children, and us empty-nesters are increasing our worship, prayer, Scripture reading in the home. Families are seeing the spiritual need at home and they are filling it. They are taking responsibility to make sure their families do not just eat, and bath, but also worship and pray. Singing together as a family is not awkward anymore. Parents praying with children is the new normal. Reading the Bible out loud, talking about life, and connecting in heart and soul is happening and well overdue for most homes of the American Christian Family.
Yes, the transfer of leadership from the pastor to the head of the home is a welcomed consequence of the Corona quarantine. I pray it continues. I pray we will not return to expecting our leaders and pastors to spoon feed us the truths of Jesus, but our homes will be filled with His presence as moms and dads, set the stage, lead those times, and see their children experience God the best way possible, as a family.
There are no perfect parents, so don’t wait to be perfect to be the spiritual voice for your kids. Precious parents, keep playing and singing together. Tuck those kids in and pray. Turn on the worship music, dance and sing, hug and love your kids. study the Bible Quiz questions, The love of the Father is always transferred through the love of the parent (that is the blessing). Let the joy of the Lord, run through your homes, through games, crafts, art, make-believe, laughter and giggles.
If you are a single-parent and no support of a spouse, please be reminded your Father is also present and will empower you. You can do it. Where we are in need He will give us strength. Parents, do you best, and take the spiritual leadership for your family. Be the catalyst for a heart that wants to seek God and have his presence in your home and on the minds of your children.
What about us pastors? Oh, we will keep doing our spiritual callings, not in place of yours, but beside you. We will be here to teach you, resource you, encourage you, strengthen you, but you mom or dad, will be the spiritual leader of your home. I see it happening and It fills me with joy. I love it!
What is happening is what the Lord commanded in Deuteronomy:
What about us past ““So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.” (Deuteronomy 11:18–21, NLT)
We love you and are so proud of what our young families are doing for Christ. Don’t stop doing these things, even when your local church begins having services and ministries again. Always take the spiritual responsiblity for your family. You will never, never regret the energy and time you invest into the souls of your children. It’s more important than any sport, hobby, travel team, or activity your kids can join.
We love you all so much and we are proud of you parents!
Pastor Nate and Wendy Elarton