Daily Devotional – September 17
It is often AFTER the children leave home that parents wonder why their children have ditched the faith. One blogging mother, Natasha Crain, proposed a discerning question to determine whether your child is headed for the exit door or not.
Is your child asking you questions about Christianity? If they are not, they are headed for trouble!
- Just because they are not asking questions doesn’t mean they have answers to faith questions.
- They may have never been shown why Christianity is so radically different (and more logical) than other religious beliefs - including humanism and atheism.
- They may have already made the shift away from Christianity because of science indoctrination. Youngsters of Christian families experience real inner turmoil when experts sources contradict the Bible. Christian students believe and trust their teachers, as they should; however, we need to help them understand why the teacher has to teach from a non-biblical perspective.
If they are not asking questions about their faith, then when they leave home, they have a good chance of ditching the faith. Statistics find that around 2/3 of children who grew up in Christian homes are leaving the church.
Parents must be the first, at a young age, to challenge them on why they believe what they believe--why they did not evolve from green slime-- then you will know where they stand in their faith walk. Many parents are lulled into a false belief that their children are toeing the line until they leave home. Are your children asking questions about Christianity? If not, challenge them.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
~ 3 John 4
Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett
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