Do We Really Need to Teach Our Kids Apologetics When God is in Control Anyway?

By Natasha Crain

When I was a kid riding my bike in the 80s, I never, ever, ever wore a helmet.

Neither did any of my friends. And neither did my husband, growing up several states away. He says he used to carelessly fly down undeveloped rocky hills behind his house on his bike and no one thought twice about it. (Perhaps they were too busy watching Full House?)

I’m not sure when our society decided that neighborhood bike riding is treacherous enough to warrant safety gear, but I didn’t notice things had changed until I had my own kids. Suddenly I became aware that every child on so much as a tiny tricycle must now be fitted with a skull-preserving, Disney character-promoting protective device.

I decided in a self-congratulatory way that I wasn’t going to buy into all this societal “softness.” My kids are going to ride a bike without a ridiculous helmet, just like kids have for decades, I thought.

Then one day my son fell off his bike and hit his head – hard – on the concrete sidewalk.

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Fortunately, nothing serious happened, but it really shook me. He could easily have cracked his head open. I realized at that moment how crazy it was that I had so confidently kept my kids from wearing helmets just because kids in my own generation didn’t wear them. We made it to the safety gear aisle at Target before you could say “three helmets, sizes 3, 4 and 5, please.”

Do we really need all this stuff?

Last week, a reader left the following comment on my blog post “6 Ways You May Be Raising Your Kids with an Oversimplified Faith:”

Everything hinges on God, who is the one ultimately in control. It does not hinge on our eloquence, finesse, or intellectual prowess. We can do everything right (or wrong) and still two identically raised children may go into extremely diverse directions. Our children and grandchildren make their own personal choices.

This reader was effectively questioning apologetics in the same way I was questioning bike safety gear before my son’s accident: Do we really need all this stuff?

And it’s a great thing to ask.

After all, as Christians, we believe God is ultimately in control…

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Do We Really Need to Teach Our Kids Apologetics When God is in Control Anyway?