Talk we must. So what do we tell our
children? How do we talk to them as
Christian parents? If you’re searching for
your footing, here are some ideas and di-
Clearly, you’ve got to talk about age-appropriate things. There’s no need to
take your four-year-old out to dinner
and explain things she’s not ready to
hear. You’ve got to know your children.
When you sense they’re ready, or if they
start asking questions about things they
shouldn’t be burdened with, it’s time.
When the time is right, tell them the
truth. Most of my kids are old enough,
and so my husband and I had honest,
and sometimes painful, discussions with
our children in the months leading up to
the Supreme Court ruling. This generation of children is being forced to think
about things that never even entered my
mind as a child: from racists to the brutal
beheadings of Coptic Christians in Syria
to Bruce Jenner to the removal of the Ten
Commandments from public grounds.
Take them to God’s Word.
The Bible should be the authority in the
life of every person who claims to be a
follower of Jesus. Read about God’s standard, His mercy, and His holiness.
Tell them we’re all in a war.
In the Bible, we see everywhere that we
are in a very real war. Talk to your kids
about the spiritual war that is being
waged around them; the Bible says they
are part of it, too.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6: 12).
Consider the word Paul uses here to
describe what’s happening around you
every day. He says we are “wrestling,” but
not against flesh and blood. Wrestling is a
very personal fight. Every day, we wake up
on a spiritual battlefield. One of the places
where the devil wages war against individual believers is in the mind. Our goal
is to first steal back any thoughts that the
devil places in our minds, and give those
thoughts over, “taking them captive” to
the mind of Christ. Even Paul’s use of the
word “captive” reminds us that there are
captives in this war. Do your kids know
about putting on the armor of God?
Pray with them.
There is power in the prayers of God’s
people! Pray humbly, because we
are all sinners. Pray reverently, because
If we don’t set a place for
the truth of Scripture at
the table of our children’s
hearts, the world will set
out a feast all its own.
Heidi St. John