“in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
1 Peter 3:15.
Kids today are bombarded with ideas that are counter to Christianity. Surveys show that about 75% of kids walk away from the faith after leaving home; nearly half will never return. But the problem goes much deeper than that. Recent surveys show that many of these kids began to have doubts as early as 10 years old; they only stay in church because parents make them go.
As Christian parents, relatives, or just friends; we are the first line of defense against the anti-Christian world views being pushed on our kids. Whether we believe it or not, and whether they will admit it, our kids look to us for guidance when these other world views begin to create doubt. Gone are the days when we can rely on Sunday school and youth groups as our kids sole spiritual training. Today’s challenges require parents to take an active role in protecting our kids from false ideas and philosophies that are “seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Christians today must become sheepdogs, guarding the flock and providing security when doubts begin to creep in. The materialistic, naturalistic world view pervasive in our society requires more than memorized references to scripture. Today’s kids need to know why it’s true, not just that’s it’s true, in order to push back against the doubts created by these other ideologies. We need to prepare ourselves so we can stand strong when our kids come to us with their doubts and work through those doubts to help them find the truth of Christianity.
Christianity is the “big dog” on the block. No other world view comes close to being able to answer the tough questions of life: 1) Where did we come from? 2) Why are we here? 3) How should we live and interact with each other? and 4) What happens after we die? Only Christianity can fully answer these questions and only Christianity has the philosophy, history, and science to support its views.