I heard a parent on television object to taking her children to church because she wants to allow them to make up their own minds about religious stuff.
what I want for my kids, too. But to make good decisions, children have to
have some information, starting with what their parents believe.
is true about money matters, driving, dating, work, marriage and family, exercise, hygiene, lawn care, food, car maintenance, etc.
do indeed grow up to think their own thoughts and make their own
decisions about everything. When they're young, we give them
information, guidance, and structure, so they’ll be equipped to make the
best choices they can.
why not help them with religion and spirituality?
To put it bluntly, I think some of us
have gotten pretty lazy about having spiritual convictions. If we
are going to teach the children, we have to have something to teach
them. If we don’t read, pray, think, meditate, show appreciation for God, and practice
spiritual values, then we don’t really have anything to teach the
And they’ll HAVE to find it on their own.
I hope they’ll do better than the generation before them.