Monday, March 5, 2012

What Will the Children Think?

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.  

That’s what I want for my kids, too. But to make good decisions, children have to have some information, starting with what their parents believe.

This is true about money matters, driving, dating, work, marriage and family, exercise, hygiene, lawn care, food, car maintenance, etc. 

Children 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.  

So 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 children.  
And they’ll HAVE to find it on their own. 

I hope they’ll do better than the generation before them. 

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely agree. As a teacher, I see too much lazy parenting lately and not enough of making time to teach Christian values from home.

    Cindi D.