(James, "The Christian Father's Present to His Children")Fathers! Your children are immortal beings! The stampof eternity is upon them! Everlasting ages are before them!They are like the rest of the human race--depraved, guilty,and condemned creatures; and consequently in danger ofeternal misery! Yet they are, through the mercy of God,creatures capable of attaining to glory, honor, immortality,and eternal life. Looking upon them in this light, whatshould be your chief concern for them--and what shouldbe your conduct towards them?Fathers! Your children are hastening to eithereternal happiness--or eternal torment!The man who does not make the eternal welfareof his children, the supreme end of all his conducttowards them, may profess to believe as a Christian--but he certainly acts as an Atheist!Once more let it be stated, and stated with all possibleemphasis--that the chief design of this work is to formthe pious character of its readers, and to implant thosevirtues which shall live, and flourish, and dignify, anddelight--infinite ages after every object that is dear . . . to avarice or pride, to learning or science, to taste or ambition,shall have perished in the conflagration of the universe!It is in the highest degree inconsistent, absurd, cruel,and wicked--for a Christian parent not to be supremelydesirous of the everlasting welfare of his children! Leta supreme concern for their immortal interests be atthe bottom of all your conduct, and be interwovenwith all your parental habits!
Pointing or leading? (John Angell James, 17851859)Children have their eyes always upon their parents,and are quick to discern any violations of consistency.If they see us as worldly-minded, as grasping andanxious after riches, as solicitous to be surroundedby splendid furniture, luxurious gratifications, andfashionable habits, as the people of the world--ifthey see us deceitful, implacable, or malicious--whatcan they conclude but that our religion is mere sham?In such a case, of how little service is our attemptto impress upon their minds, those claims which weourselves 'practically' deny? It were far better for someparents to say nothing to their children about religion,for until they alter their own conduct, their admonitionscan produce no other effect than to excite disgust!It is enough to make every parent tremble--to thinkwhat a parent should be! Without a godly example,everything else that we do is most lamentably deficient!As has been often said, it is only pointing them theway to heaven--but leading them in the way to hell!
(J. R. Miller, "Secrets of Happy Home Life")Home is among the holiest of words.A true home is one of the most sacred of places.It is a sanctuary into which men flee from theworld's perils and alarms. It is a resting place towhich at close of day the weary retire to gathernew strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow.It is the place . . . where love learns its lessons; where life is schooled into discipline and strength; where character is molded.What are some of the secrets of happy home life?The answer might be given in one word: Christ.Christ at the marriage altar;Christ on the bridal journey;Christ when the new home is set up;Christ when the baby is born;Christ when a child dies;Christ in the pinching times;Christ in the days of plenty;Christ in the nursery, in the kitchen, in the parlor;Christ in the toil and in the rest;Christ along all the years.Christ is the secret of happy home life!