hen my children are grown, the one thing I hope they will take with them from our family is ..." How would the average American parent answer that question? The answers would certainly vary, but how often do we hear a parent say, "I want my child to have learned piety in our family?" Would even Christian parents give such an answer? One definition of piety is "devotion to religious duties." The faithful observance of duty in a culture as feeling-oriented as ours sounds less than interesting. Yet devotion to duty ensures that what is right and important gets done, however we feel about it at the moment. Devotion to duty is a part of good character, and devotion to religious duty-piety-is an essential part of godly character.
Starr Meade is Family Matters editor for Modern Reformation. She is author of Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism (P&R, 2000).
Issue: "Growing in Grace: A Defense of Piety" July/August 2002 Vol. 11 No. 4 Page number(s): 36-39
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