By Pastor Tim Eaton
As parents, we are faced with many dilemmas in raising our children. Where should they go to school? Which sports should we encourage or allow them to play? How much time should they spend with technology? The list goes on and on. One of the biggest questions may be: What do we teach our children about faith, the afterlife, and religious beliefs?
Whether you have faith or not, this is a question worth pondering. First, let’s consider the benefits of having a faith. Many people say religion is for the weak. But in that very sentence there is an admission that religion makes us stronger.
Personally, I drink protein every day – because I was physically weak. It has made me stronger, not weaker.
Believing that we are created by a loving God also improves our self esteem: “We are God’s Masterpieces” (Ephesians 2:10). All people – children in particular – need this strength and self esteem.
Perhaps a bigger issue is that of free choice. We often say we want our children to choose for themselves, particularly in the area of faith.
Consider this verse from Proverbs 22:6, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
It outlines both our responsibility as parents and a truth about our children; they do what we teach them. Regardless of whether we teach our children about faith or let them discover it on their own, we are making a de facto choice for them.
During Jesus’ time on earth, many people brought their children to Him so He might give them a blessing. Unfortunately, many of his followers turned them away.
“But, when Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,’” (Mark 10:14).
Consider giving your child a foundation in faith at Edgewater’s Vacation Bible School this summer.
Our theme this year is, “Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power.”
Join us Monday through Friday, July 20 to 24, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Ramirez Middle School, (with dinner included daily). Edgewater’s Vacation Bible School is a free event, available to children ages 4 to 12. We hope to see you there!
Edgewater Lutheran Church meets Sundays at 10 a.m., worshipping at Harada Elementary, 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880; http://www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.