Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 13 Scripture Selection: Psalm 13-14
Food for Thought: Ps. 14:1
I recently heard of a man who sent two sons to college, and within one year, both the sons returned with atheistic ideas, having abandoned the Christian teachings of their home. One year of exposure to the godless society and self-proclaimed intellects toppled their faith in God. How can that be?!
Well, for one, just teaching our children that there is a God is not enough. (Even the demons believe and tremble (James 2:19).) They must see Him as relevant to their lives and include Him in every decision. He must not be only a figure in their Bible stories that later may seem to them as just legends. Remember, Christianity is a RELATIONSHIP, not a religion. Religions can be interchangeable, blended, amended, or dropped entirely, but once one has established a relationship with the One true God, there is nothing that can compare.
Just showing up to church services once in a while will not accomplish this. Further, their belief system cannot survive on only the faith of the parents and because they were born into it. (That would be a religion.) The Word must be an integral part of the family and personal life and interwoven in the conversations, decisions, and relationships—not as imposed law, but as God’s loving direction for their lives (Mat. 4:4).
Also, in order to prevent them from being confused by the worldly influences, our sons and daughters must be able to explain by the Word of God the reason why they believe what they believe. The apostle Peter admonishes us in I Peter 3:15-17 to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” If our sons and daughters cannot explain clearly why they believe what they believe, they will cave into the pressures of the world.
Finally, parents and their children should be extremely selective when it comes to choosing those things that could have an influence on them, including friends, movies, t.v. shows, music, and schools (I Thes. 5:22). (Why in the world would one pay such big bucks for a education, entertainment, and such that totally contradicts that which is true?!) Indiscriminate exposure to anything and everything sends a mixed message and weakens children’s resolve. That insidious evil philosophy has invaded just about every aspect of society, and just as we wouldn’t throw our children in a pool filled with piranhas, or allow them to play with someone with a highly contagious disease just so that they could “get exposed to it,” we need to do our best to shield them from such influences, or at least be quick to counteract them with the Word of God as they appear.
If those sons truly and sincerely made a confession of faith in Jesus in their youth, they most likely will eventually turn full circle, but much harm will have been caused first. The Word that was planted in them is still there and will remind them of the truth, even in the midst of their sin. However, prevention is worth a pound of cure, as they say.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):