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DO WE HAVE TO GO TO BIBLE CLASS

In an effort to reduce truancy and the number of high school dropouts, the state of Alabama adopted some rather tough truancy laws a few years ago. Truancy is one of the initial warning signs of delinquency. Parents can now be prosecuted for allowing their children to skip school.

If a parent fails to appear at a consultation arranged with the principal after the third unexcused absence or fails to show just cause for the absences, that parent can now be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If found guilty, the parent can be fined a maximum of $500 and hard labor for twelve months, plus restitution to the school for the lost money because the child did not attend. (Restitution costs generally run $20 per day.) This law is tough, but necessary.

After reading about this in the paper a while back, I started thinking; shouldn't Christian parents feel just as great a responsibility to see that their children attend Bible class? Although you will not be fined or imprisoned for allowing your child to miss Bible class, you could pay a far greater price in the long run. Here are some possible consequences:

(1) You could see your children lose interest in coming to Bible class and worship. (Most young children love to come to class.)

(2) Your child may never obey the gospel. (Most young people who obey the gospel do so because of what they learn in the Bible class.)

(3) Your children who are baptized may later fall away because of a lack of Bible knowledge and commitment.

(4) Without the proper ethics and principles taught in the Bible school, your child may one day run into trouble with the public school administrators and the police.

(5) Worst of all, your child's soul may be lost forever.

These consequences are far more tragic than those facing parents who do not see that their children attend public school. Will your children be in Bible class on Sunday morning and Wednesday night? Just as important, will you be there with them?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward