Raising Warriors: Preparing Teens for Apologetic Engagement
by Amy Davison
Last November I was anxiously awaiting God’s guidance. I had been asked to present a breakout session for my seminary’s apologetics conference during the following semester and I was struggling to nail down a topic. Fine-tuning has always been a favorite of mine but something kept prodding at me saying that this was not it. I’ll be honest, I began my quiet time that night in a frustrated mood, not realizing that as I read through Joshua the topic I was seeking was about to be dropped on my head.
Training Old Testament Style
Joshua was a mighty man of God. He was fearless when his companions cowered at the sight of their enemies, he loved and feared God, and boldly sought to reclaim the land the Lord had given them. Yet after the end of his life Judges 2:10-11 records this troubling legacy:
“After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals.”
It felt as though my reading had screeched to a halt. How could the next generation not know about the Lord after all they had gone through…at all? Then it hit me: their parents hadn’t trained them.
Now if you’re like me, a quick answer like this is like a drop of water to a parched tongue. There had to be more than what I was reading and I had a hunch it had to do with what was meant by the word: train. I grabbed my bible and my concordance (a must to really dig deep) and started researching every scripture pertaining to the instruction and training of children. What followed nearly knocked me over…