The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Parents must take lead

Confirmation starts in the home

Confirmation needs to change. The church, albeit with good intentions, has produced an unfortunate situation by taking on Christian education. We have stripped our parents of the honor and responsibility of "bringing their children to the word of God."

We must remember that it is the parents who promise at their children's baptisms to bring them to the word of God, as well as to "teach them the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments, place in their hands the holy scriptures, and nurture them in faith and prayer" (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page 228).

In his preface to the Large Catechism, Martin Luther wrote: "Therefore, it is the duty of every father of a family to question and examine his children and servants at least once a week and see what they know or are learning from the catechism."

And in the Bible it states: "Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates" (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).

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