Definitions provide us with the meaning behind our every word. Without them, our communications would be pointless, even irrelevant.
In his famous 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster defined education with these words: “The bringing up of a child; instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.”
So far, so good. But he’s not finished yet. He goes on: “To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.”
Now that’s a message we do not hear too much.
In a day and age when we are raised to leave the education of our children to the trained professional, entrusting our precious children to a culture that is fiercely secular, this is a message that needs to be heard.
Heard and understood and embraced.
Mr. Webster’s definition lines up with God’s. God gave fathers the responsibility to raise their sons and daughters in the Lord. Join me today as we explore this biblical truth together.