Christian Parenting – Raising Your Kids to Be Lifelong Believers
by Sarah Ankenman
Parenting and Apologetics
How is Christian parenting related to apologetics? In this post, Sarah Ankenman, talks about raising your kids to be life-long believers in Christ. And she explains why both mom and dad need to be equipped to defend the faith. Sarah is the President of the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA). She blogs at http://valleygirlapologist.blogspot.com/
The International Society of Women in Apologetics just released their new curriculum. I know what you are thinking: “So what?” Well, I’ll tell you what. It’s time for women to get equipped—no ifs, ands, or buts.
I’ll be honest. When I first started ISWA, I felt called to youth ministry. I didn’t know what I was doing, starting an apologetics ministry geared towards women when I really wanted a ministry like Brett Kunkle’s or Sean McDowell’s.
But you know what I realized the more I spoke with teens? That by the time they get to high school, we have already lost them. And there are too many of them for the burden to rest solely on men like the ones mentioned above. Youth pastors are not responsible for teaching your kids why they should be Christians. That’s right, you heard me.
The Task of Christian Parenting
It’s your job, Mom and Dad, and nobody else’s. And that means that you both need to be equipped for that job. There are plenty of apologetics materials out there for Dad, but Mom needs something that equips her heart, mind, and soul, as well.
Proverbs 22:66 says to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is older, he will not depart from it. The NIV says to “start” children off in the way they should go. This implies you are the beginner of the path your child will eventually take and stay on as an adult, so shouldn’t you be giving them everything they will need to be successful in staying on that path?
You already know that they are going to get bombarded and attacked by the enemy in school, and yet you send them there with no defenses. It’s like putting your child right in the line of fire with no protection. “I don’t know what you are talking about,” you say, “It’s just school.” Ah, yes. School. Well, let me let you in on what the school system has in store for your child…
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