Raising your kids in a world that hates Christ

Posted on July 12, 2015 · Posted in Culture, Gospel

Biblical Christianity is equated with hatred in this world. While God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and church are easily dismissed, Jesus Christ, the Savior, is a real problem in the world your children will inhabit.

Redemption is said to come from within. So, you just forgive yourself for what you have done. But others will not see the need for soul-searching. Since we live in a world determined by evolutionary currents, there is nothing left but to go with the flow. In contrast, Jesus Christ means we are guilty and there is not a thing any human can do about it apart from the grace of God.

Thus, your children will enter a world that has no room for Christ. It is fine for Jesus to be a baby as long as he doesn’t grow up. It is fine for Jesus to be a man as long as he is not God. It is fine for Jesus to die as long as that death carries no eternal significance. This new world is okay with what does not condemn. But the perfect life that Jesus lead condemns every person on this planet. Only Christ holds the key to redemption.

Help your children see the significance of Christ. Teach them not to be intimidated by those who have contempt for Jesus. For several decades, Religion 101 classes have been effective in portraying Christ as a nobel yet pathetic man with delusions grandeur who is the product of a deeply flawed set of writings called the New Testament.

But the truth is that man does need a Savior and he can’t redeem himself. The reality is that when Christ the Savior is denied, all hope is denied as well.  Spend the time to help your children confidently respond to attacks on Christ and Christianity.

When your children hear the person of Jesus challenged they can and should respond with a question: “Why is it that you insist on forcing me to believe as you believe.”

You see Christians are not the ones who lack tolerance. This world that your children will inhabit will tolerate anything as long as they agree with it. Help your children to be able to ask questions that will expose intolerance for what it is. Help them to reach out in compassion to those who are blinded and weak from trusting themselves.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life!

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Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.