Growing In The Word… Reaching Our Children

ReachingOurChildren

Reaching my children for Christ… it’s been on my mind a lot lately!  And I mean A LOT! I often wonder if the Holy Spirit himself is badgering me about it.  Articles on the topic keep popping up in my Facebook news feed. Nearly daily I see headlines about millennials leaving the church.  I read about children from “good christian homes” fleeing the faith.  I see articles that blame the church/Sunday School/youth groups that strive to entertain instead of build disciples.  The voices of the web blame parents for not truly living and teaching the faith.  Other voices condemn our schools and culture.

Take a look at just 3… 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don’t Leave the Church , 10 Reasons Kids Leave the Church, Youth Are Leaving the Church, Many Never Return, According to Hope College Study.

Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis, he is the guy who made that huge Creation Museum blames it on a lack of literal interpretation of the Old Testament of the Bible, specifically the story of creation.  He and a fellow researcher wrote a whole book on this issue of loosing the youth called Already Gone!  They argue that we don’t teach our children Apologetics, which wikipedia defines as is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information.  Therefore when children are saturated with mainstream ideas about science and God their faith crumbles and they fall away.

What a mix of voices.  Who is right?  I mean, we are  talking about the salvation of our children here for all of eternity!  We can’t get this wrong.  Some say seventy percent of youth ages 18 to 22 leave the church and only 50 percent of them return later in life.  Personally I believe it is going to to get worse.

So what do you do as a parent?  Honestly I haven’t a clue.  There are so many families that THINK they are doing it right and then one day they discover their children no longer believe in Christ as their savior.  And even if you DO do things perfectly right (and we don’t even know what perfectly right would actually be) it’s really up to God and your child in the end.  There are no guarantees that no matter what you do your child will hold onto his/her faith.

The purpose of this blog post is to start a discussion.  What are you doing in your home to do everything you can to ensure your children’s salvation?  Why do you do it?  I’d love for you to leave me comments here, on Facebook, or email me directly at crystal@crystal-starr.com.  I intend to continue this conversation weekly and I want to include your thoughts.  So don’t leave me hanging and send me your thoughts!

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