By   •   September 18, 2012   •   Topics: ,


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.


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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  1. Debbie Beegle says:

    This is so true……I was brought up a Catholic, in church each Sunday and all the other required holy days of obligation, Catholic instructions each Saturday morning and even though I fell away and eventually left the religion of my youth for a nondominational church, the seeds that were planted in my youth, lead me to where I am now! I thank God for my parents who introduced me to God.. Parents should not wait to introduce their children to God!!

  2. Marina says:

    We have four children and seven grandchildren. Our two eldest daughters’ are both unmarried mothers. Our eldest daughter is in a long term relationship and wants to get married and do what is right. She attends church with us, my husband just recently started coming to church with me after many years of praying for him.
    I take every opportunity to share my faith and show my love for them and will always be here for them!
    I pray, everyday for each of them and name them before the Lord. All of them were brought up in the church and know that Jesus is God. I will continue to pray that they will come to know Him, PERSONALLY. I will put my trust in Him!

  3. Pam Gladfelter says:

    Good answer.

  4. Yashmin Clark says:

    Thanks. What a great answer. It is biblical and logic.