We live in a day where quick answers to our child’s questions about Christianity will not suffice.
Quick answers being “because the Bible says so” or “you just need to have faith”, etc. I’m certain we’ve all encountered an example of simplified or possibly uneducated answers that asks for no further questions. It is understood that these responses are done with no harm in mind, but it is just time that we, as the parents and gatekeepers of our home, do the hard work.
Our children, and we included, no longer can treat our faith plainly.
We no longer can continue to brush our children’s questions, or possibly even our own questions, under the rug. And we most definitely cannot leave it up to today’s culture to play any part in the foundation of our family’s faith. Where will this lead? It is a risk we should not be willing to take. We must not settle, and we must not be ignorant.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)
Do I suggest you to know, in depth, every answer to your child’s question? Absolutely not. I charge you to create a space where your children feel welcome to ask questions, safe to express their doubts or concerns, and feel confident that you (alongside prayer with the Lord) can lead them to the answer (not the world). It is time we commit to the lifelong gift of prayer, learning, and searching the scriptures. Treating scripture as your true daily bread, prayer as your lifeline, and modeling to your children that our faith is not built on sinking sand.
Our faith can withstand any inquiry. God is not afraid of or hiding from any questions!
So with this, we can boldly approach any question asked by our children knowing that we have confidence and certainty in what we believe. God has not left us hanging with no firm evidence or foundation to stand on.
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
The word choice differs slightly between versions, but the words hint to the same. The following words are all used: confidence, assurance, evidence and substance. If we look to our dictionaries at two of the words, we will find that the definition of “assurance” is “a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise; certainty”. And the definition of “evidence” is “the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid”. Beautiful!
While there are some questions we will not get the answer to until we are with Jesus in Heaven someday, we must not forget all the questions we can answer with confidence. Our children’s souls are worth it. And they can understand more than we think! There is no junior Holy Spirit. There is much to be stored as weapons against the enemy’s traps and lies. We are much to be pitied if we think that everything requires blind faith, that there is no solid foundation to stand. There is much evidence in God’s creation to be discovered and shared! Let us ask, seek and knock!
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him." James 1:5 (NIV)
These are just a few books amongst the many, but I ask that you prayerfully consider some or all of the following books for your children:
These books reveal and make a case for Jesus Christ being the Messiah. All great reads!
I pray these books and the Book (aka the Bible) bless and refresh you. I pray a fire for defending your faith is ignited within you, and a newfound devotion and sense of awe in what God has revealed to us in His Word and His creation meets you. May this burden be light and shared. No burden is to be carried alone. May this bring excitement and wonder into your life, not dread or anxiety. We serve a God who walks with us in raising our children—He doesn’t leave it all up to us! There is much to be discovered and shared with our children.
Lead us to the Rock, that is higher than us. The Rock—all other ground is sinking sand.
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