Are Your Kids Ready for Apologetics?
by Sarah Short
All of my children are currently under the age of ten. So it’s easy to spend little time thinking about teaching them apologetics. We get lost in the hustle and craziness of homework and baseball and tests and “Do I have any clean socks?” – and well, just getting dinner on the table each night is a challenge. Yet as they are getting older, I want to teach them the Biblical truths that will equip them to withstand spiritual attacks and answer the tough questions that they might someday face from their peers.
What is apologetics? The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia found in 1 Peter 3:15 and means “defense.” The Bible says that we’re to always be ready (thus the name of this ministry) to give a “defense” (an apologia) to people who ask us about the hope we have as Christians.
Do you think ten-years-old is too young to begin conversations about apologetics? How about six? The fact is, it’s never too early! Children will face challenges to their faith often beginning in grade school and into high school, and it continues on the college campus. Our children need to be taught how to defend their faith and answer skeptical questions, and it doesn’t have to be something left to Sunday school teachers. It starts at home, and yes, it can even be fun!
Apologetics 101: Start By Asking Them Questions
If you want to know what they think about God, where they are and what they do and don’t understand, ask. Ask them. It always amazes me how open my children will be with me when I ask them important life questions. When we sit with them and ask them questions, they begin to do the same of us. One day last week, our eight year-old asked us, “Why do people sometimes hold signs that say ‘Homeless’ and ask us for money?” This gave us an incredible opportunity to talk with him about suffering, and how Jesus was a friend to the poor, and how we can love the homeless in many different ways.
When we ask, they ask…
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