Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Freedom of choice is every American’s birthright. Accordingly, many American parents profess that religious truth is a matter of personal discovery. Therefore, their children should be free to discover it on their own.
It sounds so logical, so 21st century, so flawed.
Letting your daughter or son “make up” their own mind about religion is misguided because it fails to recognize how children learn to reason in the first place. Children come into this world as a chalice, a gift from the Lord waiting to be filled. If parents fail in their duty to fill that space with a strong moral foundation — guiding their children in recognizing right from wrong — others may fill it with quicksand.
Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. (Matthew 7:26)
“Children do not choose religious identity a la carte,” says Pastor Jason Stubblefield of Narrows First United Methodist Church, in Virginia. “Letting kids make up their minds about religion implicitly makes up their minds for them… It teaches them that they have the sort of minds that ‘Enlightenment rationality’ assumes [that it’s science and rationalism that offer authentic truth].”
“It teaches them, Pastor Stubblefield continues, “that their thinking comes before God, rather than the other way around.” It reverses St. Anselm’s dictum, which contends that the theological virtue of faith lays the groundwork for all understanding. In the absence of this foundation reason becomes arbitrary rather than the imprint of our God who ordered all creation and is the architect of the minds we use to reason.
This Christmas give your children the gift of Jesus.
Join us at Bent Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, December 21st, 11:00 am for Christmas Communion Service. During this special time families in our congregation will participate in the service with their children.
Also, don’t miss our Christmas Eve service on Wednesday, December 24th, 5:30-6:30 pm.