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By   •   September 18, 2012   •   Topics: ,

Q:

My husband and I don't think we ought to force our religious beliefs on our children. We believe they should be free to choose their own beliefs when they get older. Even if we did force our ideas on them now, they'd probably just rebel against them later.


A:

Let me ask you a question: Do you plan to do this with any other area of your children’s lives? For example, do you plan to let them decide if they can play in the traffic, or eat whatever they want, or brush their teeth?

I seriously doubt it. As parents, you know you have a responsibility to keep your children from harm, and to teach them to take care of themselves. You also know you have a responsibility to teach them the difference between right and wrong; if you don’t, they may end up in prison. You love your children, and because you do, you want to do what’s best for them. Jesus said, “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?” (Luke 11:11).

Why, then, would you refuse to help them discover the greatest truth anyone can ever know — the truth that God loves them and wants to show them His will for their lives? The reason, I suspect, is because you haven’t made this discovery yourselves. To put it another way, God isn’t important to you, so you see no reason to teach your children about Him.

My prayer is that you will examine honestly your own need of God — and then open your hearts and lives to Jesus Christ. Not only will He change your lives, but He’ll help you become the parents God wants you to be, as you teach your children about His love — both by your words and your example.

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16 Comments

  1. joyce robinson says:

    Wonderful and wise response. May it be taken to heart by all who read it. Thank you

  2. Sue says:

    In order to raise Godly chlldren is to be a Godly parent. When both parents demonstrate by their actions that they truly love the Lord, and that they “walk the talk”, it becomes the background to raising children who will follow in their footsteps. Children are great imitators. When parents demonstrate that they love one another, read their Bible as a family, attend church regularly, pray often, openly, for one another, and at mealtimes, there is every reason that they will want to follow in their footsteps.

  3. gail says:

    If they decide at an older age not to continue with the religion they have been taught, at least you have done your best. They will probably come back to the fold at an older age.

  4. Frances Roach says:

    I agree with you Billy, but I was raised in a spiritually divided home with radical views on both ends. The key as I see it is to share God’s truths from infanthood, in a loving environment, and when the child is old enough to understand it, they will choose it naturally. Disharmony in any sense delays the process.

  5. Edward Miska says:

    Right on, who would give a person a job to do, if the person had no idea what the work entailed & was not capable of doing it. Without spiritual guidance, we send out our children to a dangerous sinful world..

  6. Diana Jeseritz says:

    Now that I am getting to know who Jesus is in my later years, I’ve always regretted my daughters didn’t grow up knowing God. They are adults with children and grandchildren of their own and I pray always that they will return/desire to make Jesus Christ their redeemed. Only He can save!

  7. Sharon says:

    Oh my goodness. If you know Jesus as your Savior and sovereign Lord, why would you not want your children to know Him and submit to Him out of love for Him.

  8. michelle says:

    We are living in a world of confusion most people don't feel the need to worship Christ. For them, everything is find the way they see it. Even most Christ followers seemed to loose interest to follow God's Commands.

  9. Victoria says:

    ^^AGREED!

  10. Doug says:

    There is a difference in being forced and being taught. Try teaching….. Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it….

    1. dennis mckirahan says:

      YEs! … This is so right on:
      teach your children about His love — both by your words and your example.

    2. dennis mckirahan says:

      This is what happened with me and later my wife and I had two daughters who we brought up to follow the Lord but backslid into lukewarm attitudes for a few years. We just stood on this verse and prayed. Now both are fired up and serving in ministries full time for the Lord Jesus.