Raising Children of Faith

So I was reading this article over on The Stir, which talked about letting your children explore other religions to find out what “works” for them. Oh, and they’ll respect you more. After all, religion is all about feeling connected to something, right? Be it God, Mother Earth, ourselves, the collective one-ness of souls … religion to many people is an experience.

This snippet pretty much sums it up:

The important thing to me is that she builds a genuine relationship with God, not that she gets “churched,” which means mastering all of the habits and traditions — including being able to recite scripture back and forth — but never really connecting with the Lord. That would be missing the whole point.

How does one love a stranger? If some guy you were moderately attracted to asked you to marry him on the first date, would you say yes? Well maybe, but the chances of it working out would be slim. You have to get to know someone before you commit your life to him.

It is no different with the Lord. It is so much more important that my children get “churched” about God than “spiritually connected” to some nameless faceless universal power. It is only after learning about the one true God, His endless love, His ultimate sacrifice on the cross to wipe out our sins, can my children even begin to love God.

When you study the Word, and you understand the depth of your depravity, and begin to realize that there is a Father in Heaven that created you, sent His Son to cover your undeserving hiney, and left his Holy Spirit to guide and comfort you … that is when you can begin to love God.

Love has to come with knowledge; otherwise it is just a feeling.

So while my children are young, I will equip them with knowledge of the Lord. They don’t have to love God, but by golly, they will learn His Word. They will learn of his redemptive plan for His people. They will learn about their adoption into His family.

They will learn it because God has instructed me to teach them. And what is so wrong with learning Bible verses anyway? One doesn’t have to be Jewish or Christian to look at the 10 Commandments and think they’re a pretty good set of rules.

One of the first verses Thing 1 learned was 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Learning scripture isn’t a bad thing!

I will ALWAYS love my children, even if they break my heart by denying the Savior. It is because I love them that I “church” them. I believe that decisions made without knowledge only end up being correct on a fluke, so I will equip my daughters with every bit of Jesus-knowledge I can cram into their brains, so that someday when they’re grown, they can make their own real decision about where to put their faith, hope, and trust.

Comments

  1. Kristina Luitingh Sargis says:

    I was brought up Catholic, but I do not recall reading much of the Bible in any of my catechism courses. I don’t feel I got much out of religious education via church at all. I do recall learning about the lives of saints, the rituals of the church and the rosary, etc.; I took history of religion courses at both UCLA and University of Cape Town, and that is where I actually developed an understanding of the development of religions, the scriptures, etc.

    The highlight of my religious education was my first communion, and only because of the fancy dress, gloves and veil I got to wear.

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