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June 26, 2014 / BTM

How Well Are You Preparing Your Kids For This?

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Regardless of what age your kids are, do you have a plan in place now that will help your children to:

  • Weather allegations that Christianity is archaic?  Silly?  Unintelligent?  False?
  • Be confronted with religious pluralism and understand how their own faith fits in?
  • Handle being taught by at least one university or college professor that will seek to reason or humiliate them out of their religious convictions?
  • Confront the challenge that religious beliefs are only held by the unintelligent?

Yesterday I posted about the traumatic university experience of one young woman.  Her story is not unique.  Brett Kunkle provides more examples and a wake-up call for parents in his 50 minute DVD Who’s Waiting For Our Kids?  You have to listen to it.  You have to respond to it.  It’s got me pumped to make the most of our summer vacation this year.  Here’s more from the DVD.

The number one reason that young people are walking away from their faith is intellectual skepticism.  There are too many challenges to their faith that they think they can’t answer.  They assume that there are no answers to them.

Given your current plan to raise your children, will they have a response to these challenges and others?

  • That evolutionary psychology explains how people hold or come to religious beliefs regardless of their being no evidence for these religious convictions.
  • That there is overwhelming evidence for evolution.
  • That gender is a social construct.
  • That truth is a social construct.

How are you planning to prepare your children for the moral reality of campuses (and high schools) that have:

  • Sexual promiscuity?
  • Porn stars hired to teach students during sex week?
  • Sexual activity occurring in the open?
  • Casual hook-ups?
  • Transgender students using the lockers and restrooms of their choice?

Education is the most powerful ally to winning the hearts and minds of a nation.  I’ve spoken about this before.  Anyone who is in the business of shaping cultural values – from the environmental movement to secular humanism – targets the classroom with their message.

Can your kids articulate what they believe and why they believe it?

Or are you hoping that a few hours of Youth Group a week will inoculate your kids from this?

This post is not meant as a scare tactic.  It’s meant as a reality check.  Is the solution to isolate our kids from the ‘big, bad world’?

Brett Kunkle and Stand to Reason stress that parents should not do this.  Rather, we must inoculate them.  We must have a plan in place that results in us sending our kids out confident and ready.  Let the first time that our kids hear the kinds of secular ideas mentioned in this post be from us, not from someone else.

To accomplish this, Brett Kunkle says that we must raise our expectations about what our kids can learn.  We’ve found his to be true of our very young kids.  Check out the right-hand categories bar to see what we’ve taught our kids when they were between 5 and 8 years old – science, apologetics, Christian worldview, prolife arguments, theology, textual criticism (how the Bible was written and passed down to us), and more that I haven’t posted on yet.

Research has shown that high school kids can be incredibly articulate about a lot of subjects, but that their faith is not one of them.  It belies what they are expected to articulate themselves on.

Part of loving God is loving Him with our mind.  We must equip our kids’ minds to articulate His truth to a culture that rejects it.  This is part of our devotion to Him.

Then Brett suggests that we get our kids out of the classroom and into real-life experiences where their faith clashes with other ideas.  Show them how the ideas interplay.  Watch movies or read books with your kids to help them to identify the underlying messages themselves.  Introduce them to people who practice other religions as you teach them about the truth claims of Christianity against these other faiths.  You can do this by visiting religious institutions together.  Make the experience real and they will not be shocked when they are confronted with it for the first time.

By the time your child is in high school, and definitely before university, Brett suggests that they have answers to the following critical questions:

  • Does truth exist and is it knowable?
  • Does God exist (and do they have evidence for this outside of the Bible and personal experience)?
  • Has God acted?  Including, are miracles possible?
  • Has God spoken?  Do we have a divine word?

This is why I am pumped for the summer.  This gives me a lot of motivation to help move our kids up a level in their knowledge and skills in being a Christian ambassador in today’s world.

What about you?  Please share your ideas on this post or how you are raising your kids with us!

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  1. Chris Highland / Jun 28 2014 6:24 pm

    I raised my daughter to think for herself, not to mimic my beliefs. I taught her to be open to new ideas, to use her mind and think for herself (she’s now a college graduate who works as a social worker). I did not have a need to “protect” her or control what she heard or saw (except for the violence and excessive sexuality in films while a child). You raise good questions. But there is no need to fear a scary world of questions and different opinions and beliefs. Fear-based faith won’t help. I’ve seen its destructive effects. It’s not about “equipping their minds” with truth as you understand it. Help them think and then let go. They’ll be ok.

    • aharwood123Andrew / Jul 15 2014 8:40 am

      Some ideas are just bad and have lasting negative consquences. You need to teach your children to think for themselves and to recognize/evaluate these bad ideas, as well as false ideas or poor thinking. You even acknowledge that you are doing this with your daughter (“except for violence and excessive sexuality….”), as you should. Colleges are full of bad ideas and false ideas, and you need to actively prepare your children for this. If you’re not doing this, you’re not doing your job as a parent. It’s a well thought out blog post.

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