We all love to watch young children shine on talent shows. Very few appear to be from the Christian realm. Is it because Christian parents don’t want to shove their children into the spotlight until they’re old enough to make that decision themselves?
Too often parents force their children into a
situation before they are ready.
More likely, it’s out of fear of their children being in that type of world.
Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Christian parents sometimes take this verse too far. They only send their kids to Christian schools and allow them to play with other children of Christian parents. That’s fine to a point, but to be well rounded and able to help others, children need to be around those who are not only Christian but those who are not.
Lead by Example
Christian children need to see what sets them apart from non-believers.
After men and women have come to Christ, they go back into the world to live for Christ as a witness to the world. – Billy Graham
Too often, Christians hide from the world, only having Christian friends, working with church organizations, etc. And they do the same with their children. Don’t get me wrong, kids should be set apart from some things until they get strong in their faith. But they need to see parts of this world that tell them why believing in God is so important. A media that tries to indoctrinate children with sexual innuendos is a good example.
Christian believers, both parents, and children should be willing to stand up for their beliefs in hard situations. The best way for our children to become strong in their faith is for their parents to lead by example. And if you’re hiding from the world, they will never see how you fight against the evil one.
We can’t be afraid of what’s “out there” in the real world. We should see it and discuss it. Go to God with any questions and focus on Him if the world starts to invade our homes. But we can’t fear what our children might come into contact with. That is why we have prayer and faith. Instead, we need to be there to show them how to keep their faith when the world knocks on their door.
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