Why You Must Teach Kids Apologetics
by Dale Hudson
Don’t minimize the importance of teaching apologetics to your children. (Flickr )
I recently shared “4 Big Reasons Why Kids Walk Away From Church When They Grow Up.” I’d like to dive a little deeper on the first reason—a shallow faith foundation. Stats show that 78 percent of “nones” (those who identify with no religion) grew up in church. This means a high percentage of kids growing up in church walk away. But the even bigger issue are those who walk away from their faith completely. Fifty percent of kids who walk away say it’s because they no longer believe in God at all.
The root cause of this is a shallow faith and the finger is pointing directly at parents and church leaders. We have skimmed the surface with doctrinal fluff and left them with no deep roots to survive the faith storms they face in a increasingly humanistic society.
Like never before, it’s critical that we teach kids apologetics. We must help them see why we believe what we believe. We must ask the hard questions now and let them grapple with it. It will be too late if they’re left to fend for themselves in high school or college with no deep biblical foundation to stand on.
This month, in our children’s ministry, we’re doing a series called Pranksters…
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