Bella Vista Church of Christ



Bobby Dockery


Children Without Jesus


  Many do not attend Bible classes or church services regularly. Perhaps you are among them. It may be that you have felt that such things as religion and church attendance are unnecessary — that you can make it just fine without outward expressions of religious faith. But before you dismiss the religion of Jesus as an unimportant relic of the past, think for a moment about your children and their future. What kind of life will they have if you bring them up without a knowledge of Christ, His Word, and the things of the spirit? What answers will their lives give to the following questions if you choose to ignore Christ and Christianity…?


  1) What Kind Of A World Will They Inherit? We look around us in dismay at the sick, corrupt society in which we live. But think how much more sinister and sick the world you leave your children will be if you leave them a world without Jesus! Decisions you are making now will shape the world in which they will live. To change the world, you must, first of all, change yourself to conform to God’s standards. The Bible says: “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children.” (Proverbs 13.22.)


  2) What Kind Of Adults Will They Become? If your children do not receive moral and spiritual guidance at home, where will they get it? And, without a moral foundation, what will become of them? Judge Sam Davis Tatum for many years a juvenile court judge in Nashville, TN, points out the danger of what might happen to them in these words: “I have tried approximately 8,000 girls and boys under 17 years of age for violating the law. Of that number there has not been a child whose father or mother went to Bible School regularly.” The Bible says: “Provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6.4.)


  3) What Will Become Of Their Eternal Souls? Today, it has become fashionable to sneer at the idea that humans have an immortal soul. Yet, our whole way of life is based on the assumption that man does possess an eternal spark of life which cannot be extinguished by death. Batsell Barrett Baxter wrote: “Western Civilization is built upon the conception that man is an immortal soul… If there were not something sacred about man it would be unintelligent to provide mental hospitals for those who are hopelessly ill. It would be better to let them be disposed of in some humane way. But they are not like animals… they are human beings and we care for them as long as we can.” Jesus warned: “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10.28.)


  Before you turn from Christ with the self-sufficient assertion that, “I don’t need Jesus or religion,” think of the impact your decision will have upon your children! Perhaps you feel that you have the right to live your own life any way you choose. Maybe you do—But, what will your choices mean for your children?


Bobby Dockery

    Fayetteville, Ark.