Apologetics, Kids, and the World They Live in
by Donnie Griffin
This is not a post about how to help your children deal with their emotions as they face their fear of mass shootings, ISIS, or any of the other evils that are no longer hidden from them, despite your best efforts. That is a job for you and your spouse and maybe your pastor. God’s Word is permeated with “do not fear” passages and it should be no trouble for you to find one to begin with as you walk with your children through the emotional challenge that today’s world must be to them.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”” (Deuteronomy 31:6, ESV)
Neither is this an effort to move parents to a place of either protecting their children from or exposing their children to the clear and present danger that is quickly becoming a characteristic of being Christian and American. That is up to you as well. You know your child better than anyone other than God himself.
“And consider today (since I am not speaking to your children who have not known or seen it), consider the discipline of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand and his outstretched arm,” (Deuteronomy 11:2, ESV)
I worry about my children these days. Heck, I worry for myself. Times are changing. This world is quickly becoming less than hospitable to us. Almost daily a new tragedy becomes the news. Another shooting, another bombing, another terrorist attack, and the promise of more from the evil, cowardly jihadists, are scary soundbites of our culture. Team that with a Federal government that seems hellbent (at least the Executive branch) on quieting Christianity and a culture that is increasingly opposed to it and us and it seems like the perfect storm is building against us.
People hate us. Jesus said they would…
Every day the news contains reasons to not be Christian, much less a Christian that defends his or her beliefs. Despite our wishes for our offspring, it’s looking like the times are moving us to deal with apologetics, our kids, and the world they live in…
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