How to Talk with Your Kids About God (Interview with Natasha Crain)
by J Warner Wallace
The statistics tell the whole story: young believers are walking away from the Church. Recent surveys indicate the drift begins long before the university years. In fact, more young people are entering college as ex-believers than ever before. As a apparent, I’m alarmed, and I bet you are too if you’re raising children. That’s why I’m so delighted that God is using Natasha Crain to equip Christian parents with a model we can use to help our kids know and retain the truth. In her new book, Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have, Natasha has given us a gift that will keep on giving. I asked her to answer a few questions about the challenge we face as Christian parents:
Natasha, I love your personal story, but I know many of my readers may not have heard it. Can you tell us how you became interested in Christian Case Making (apologetics) and how you started writing books for parents?
Sure. In 2011, I decided to start a Christian parenting blog. I had three kids ages three and younger and was really just looking for an opportunity to engage with other Christian parents online. At the time I started the blog, I had never heard the word apologetics before, despite the fact I had been a lifelong Christian.
As my readership grew, people started sharing more and more of my blog posts. Those shares started bringing a consistent wave of nonbelievers to my site. They began leaving comments on my posts challenging all kinds of truth claims about Christianity, and they were challenges I had never even considered. They told me there wasn’t any evidence Jesus ever existed, that the Bible was filled with errors, that evolution had replaced a need for God, that there was no evidence for God’s existence, and much more. I had been blogging about much simpler things—like good worship songs for young kids. These comments blew me away. I realized I was raising kids in a VERY different world than the one in which I grew up and that I was totally unprepared as a parent. Honestly, I was a bit shocked as well at the realization that in 30-some years of being a Christian, the church had never confronted me with these issues.
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