Fearless Parenting: Shepherding Children in Such a Time as This (Guest post by Heidi St. John + conference ticket giveaway)
Recently, I heard a pastor talking about high school and college age kids. “We’re losing them,” he said woefully. I put my paring knife down and strained to hear the radio above the noise of my busy household. “Survey after survey says that our kids are walking away from God,” he continued. “This generation of Christian young people has largely rejected the beliefs of their grandparents and even their parents. We are a generation in crisis.”
It was fearful, sobering news to be sure. Parents today are dealing with things our grandparents could not have even imagined. Today’s young people the first generation of kids who can click open YouTube and witness the beheading of a Christian in Syria. They are living with the redefinition of marriage and watching the Church struggle to live out the Word of God in a culture that has rejected Him. Today’s churches are divided over issues that were once “no-brainers” like homosexuality and the authority of Scripture.
What has happened to the “faith of our fathers?” Somewhere along the line, we got lazy. We stopped reading our Bibles and in so-doing, we have become biblically illiterate. We have embraced indifference. Now, we are reaping the rotten fruit of indifference and laziness. The pastor who warned his congregation that they were losing their kids was right, but there’s more to it than that. The truth is that you do not simply “lose” a generation of kids. You lose a generation of parents—then you lose a generation of kids.
I believe we’ve become a fearful people. We’re afraid to speak the truth of God’s Word, afraid to live it out in where we may face rejection for it. Fear is a powerful weapon, and it has penetrated the hearts of many of God’s people today. The devil is using fear very effectively against Christians right now. Many are afraid of persecution—afraid of being labeled. As Christians, we serve the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—and I’m curious: when did He sound the retreat?
Children are Like Their Parents
As parents, our response to a culture in spiritual decline speaks volumes to our children. Children learn how to navigate the culture by watching their parents. If our children see fear and indifference in their parents, chances are good that they will also become fearful and indifferent. We know this because God’s Word tells us in Luke 6:40 that “When a student is fully trained, he will be like his teacher.”
It’s a powerful reminder that our kids are going to follow in our footsteps. It’s also a powerful warning not to become complacent as we walk out our faith today.
As God’s children, we must learn to filter everything through the Word of God. It’s time to study the Bible—for ourselves. When our kids ask the questions this generation is asking, we need to be ready to take them directly to the Bible. Our actions bear witness to our beliefs. They speak for us. Our response to the culture speaks volumes about our faith and understanding of God and His Word.
Shepherding today’s generation is challenging, but God placed you and your children here, right now, for such a time as this. Following God fearlessly does not mean the absence of fear. Instead it means that our faith is greater than our fear. No matter what happens around us, from political unrest to spiritual attack, God’s Word is true, and it does not change. We can trust God. We must trust Him as we parent these precious children.
Let your children see that trust lived out in your everyday life.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
Fearless Conference Ticket Giveaway!
We’re giving away 2 tickets to the Fearless Conference!
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