The photo above is from the delightful movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy. The movie came out in 1980 and told the story of a Khoisan Bushman village leader – played by N!xau – who wants to rid his tribe of an evil thing that fell from the sky (a coke bottle). The story follows his adventures as he sets out on his task in northern Africa. The scene captured in this photo occurs early in the movie and shows him teaching one of his small children how to use the bow and arrow.
The health of any society depends on the fathers’ and mothers’ faithfulness in teaching their children the values of right and wrong, good and bad. God commanded His people to teach His law to their children “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7). The duty to instruct one’s children is not merely a convention of society; it is a command from God.
When it becomes normal for parents to neglect this duty, society as a whole begins to break down. Children, hungry for guidelines for their lives, will look to others to fulfill that function. The rise in the number of gangs can be directly correlated with the equally-alarming rise in single-parent homes, where the father is absent and the children are left to discover their norms on their own. One of the best ways to show your children that you love them is to take the time to teach them.
Photo Source: Jamie Uys (Director). (1980). The Gods Must Be Crazy [Motion Picture]. Los Angeles: 20th Century Fox.