Raising Children of Faith

I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 2 Timothy 1:5

I remember being approached by a mother of a teenager who was participating in a school pageant. For every round of the competition, the children were required to model for a photo shoot in a costume which reflected the theme for the week. The photos were posted on popular social media site. A Christian woman with a prominent career, the mother had come under criticism for allowing her daughter to participate in a photo shoot which to some, seemed age inappropriate – at least for the girls.

In all honesty, I thought the photos had transformed her already beautiful daughter into an attractive young women, mostly because of the make-up worn and the body postures taken. Naturally any mother would feel scared seeing their child “grow up” so quickly. That there are persons out there who prey on children for sexual exploitation made her (and me!) all the more nervous. She asked me my opinion and though my initial thoughts were against some of the clothing and poses, I declined to say such.

I was afraid of being too hasty to judge but in hindsight, I should have shared with her what I am saying now.  I am aware of the downside of over-sheltering our children without helping them to cultivate their own relationship with God. As soon as they have a choice, they usually flee from the Church, bolting as hard as they can to eat from the table of rebellion.

Sending our children to Sunday School will not suffice, neither will dictating to them what not to wear and where not to go. We must equally give attention to instilling in them biblical values and encouraging them to know God for themselves so that their relationship with Him can guide them (along with our help!) to live righteously.

Young pastor Timothy had genuine Christian faith, not religious formality. This faith was passed on to him by his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois (2 Tim 1:5). Paul found in him already the foundation needed to live out his faith and he encouraged him to do such in the face of skeptics.

Prayer: Lord, help us to raise our children to boldly proclaim their faith in word and in deed.

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