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Christian Life Lessons: Our children are straying from Christianity

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Dear Cheryl,

My husband and I have raised our children in a Christian home ever since they were babies. We have taken them to church and Sunday school, prayed together, and always incorporated God into our home.

Now that our children our older, they seem to be straying from the very beliefs that we have spent so many years teaching them. We are at a loss as to what to do. We love our children, and can’t believe that they are straying from Christianity. While they do profess a belief that there is some kind of higher power, they are questioning everything else…the Bible, Heaven, and the story of the birth and death of Jesus. They want scientific proof, and how can one scientifically prove something that is faith-based?

What can we do to help our children get back on the right path?

Scared in Charlotte

Dear Scared,

I can understand your anxiety over this. You and your husband have spent all of these years teaching your children a certain way of believing, and they are straying from that belief.

Here is the promise that you must hold onto. God is in control. He has a reason for everything that happens, and He is watching over your children. When children reach a certain age, they have a need to explore different areas of their lives and come to their own resolutions regarding different things. Faith is one of those areas.

The worst thing you can do is try to pressure your children into believing a certain way. That is a recipe for sure disaster. The best thing you can do for your children is to pray for them daily, and to continue to love them and be an example to them. Give them to God, and ask Him to watch over them and guide their footsteps. Have faith that God is going to answer your prayer.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6.

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