When I was growing up, the Gideons would come to our school and hand out Bibles if you wanted one. If you went to a hotel, you would always see a Bible on the nightstand. A Bible could be found in any doctor or dentist waiting room. Graduates of high school or even military boot camp would be awarded brand new Bibles for their accomplishments.
Each new school day would begin with prayer by the principal over the intercom. Football games would begin with the teams huddled around the referees saying a word of prayer over the players.
Today? Often times the only place a child will hear Scripture is when they go to Sunday School. That is one hour a week (if you are lucky). One hour to teach our children, impress on their hearts and imprint on them God's life plan.
Church is not supposed to teach our children. If you want to know the truth, I don't want church teaching my children. It is my responsibility to be the spiritual mentor for my boys. God told my husband and I to talk about Scripture -- when we sit in our house with our family and when we are in the car on the way to school or at social gatherings. We are to talk about God’s word when we lie down and when we rise — in other words, from morning to evening, all day long!
When Moses wrote and told his people to write the words on their doorposts and gates it was because they did not have book binding as we do today. The books of the Bible were written on large, cumbersome scrolls. It took 22 to 24 scrolls to hold all the words of the Old Testament alone. Since they didn’t have Bibles like we do today, God told them to write the words on the doorposts and the gates of the house.
Even still, I believe in the concept of placing God's word on the doorpost. I have Scriptures on the boy's bathroom mirror, the headboards, the refrigerator, inside their closet doors, inside my closet door, and anywhere else I think it is appropriate. Some of these Scriptures are picked to be encouraging for certain challenges or struggles that one or each of us may be going through.
It is our job as parents to hide this Word in our children's hearts so that when Jesus stands at their door and knocks, they will be willing to open it to Him.