This is serious.
The lions are metaphorical. Depending on where in the world you’re reading this, you’re probably not at threat for your life. But your Christian faith is certainly under attack.
And your kids’ Christian faith is under even harsher attack.
It’s being attacked in ways you never even imagined when you were growing up.
Believe me? If you’ve got kids (or students to teach) age 10 or 12 and up, ask them whether any of these gay-rights slogans seem to make sense to them. (Ask yourself, too: Does any of this bother you, as if it might be true?) This is all from my just-completed series, “Christian faith under (im)moral attack.” (I explain “(im)moral” here.)
- “You’re a hater!”
- “You’re homophobic!”
- “You’re on the wrong side of history!”
- “You’re intolerant!”
- “Keep your beliefs out of our bedrooms!”
- “You think your morality is so perfect!”
- “How could you be so opposed to marriage equality?!”
- “You’re anti-gay just like you’re anti-everything else!”
- “You’re a bigot!”
- “Hate is not a family value!”
This is serious.
Who wants to be a Christian when we have that kind of reputation? Not many kids do. Not unless they know the truth about charges like these.
Go ahead. Ask your kids.
Let them know it’s safe for them to answer; that you won’t berate them, lecture them, or (especially!) ground them for what they say.
Of course you might be wondering what to do instead. You didn’t know you were signing up for this, did you? Doesn’t matter. You’ve got the job. And I’ve got these very strong suggestions for you.
Here’s What We All Must Do For Our Kids’ Christian Faith
Recognize that we’ve all been subjected to a massive blast of media telling us to think this way. Why should you be surprised if you or your kids have been affected by it?
- Realize this is just a part of it. In Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, I identify 17 more challenges of a similar sort.
- Take it seriously! This is an attack on faith, and it’s been working. Kids are walking away from Christianity because of it. Churched kids. Kids like yours — unless you equip them properly
- Be sure you don’t know just what you believe about morality and marriage, but why you believe it. I hate to say it, but we Christians haven’t give these things enough thought.
- Be confident! Maybe you don’t know the answers. That doesn’t mean they’re not there! Click any of the links above to find specific answers to these ten challenges. (They’re not complicated.)
- Be relational. Not sure how? That’s a lot of what I have to share in Critical Conversations.
Or in other words:
This is for real.
It’s a strong attack but not overpowering. God is still God. And there are calm, rational, sound answers to every challenge against the faith.
If you don’t stand in the way of these false challenges for your kids, who will?
You can do it. I’ve written a parent-friendly guide to help you.
Be helpful to others.
Share this broadly. Other parents’ kids are facing exactly the same attack.