“Martin Luther knew the importance of family teaching. A much-neglected part of his Small Catechism is that which comes just under the heading for each of the six chief parts: ‘As the Head of the Family Should Teach Them in a Simple Way to His Household.’ Every confirmation student should require his or her parents (especially fathers) to memorize this!
“The Christian family setting provides opportunities for such teaching of God’s Word and the value God gives to human life. The family setting provides opportunities to model what is being taught. When spouses respect each other as gifts from God, and when parents respect their children as gifts from God, respect for human life is learned as naturally as saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’”
Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans For Life