One of the famous phrases of both the 20th and 21st centuries, was and still is, “Do not talk about politics and religion.” Now, I do regard the prior subject, but the latter should be common place, especially among Christians. If we do not engage one another in the talk within religion, how then can we grow? Or better yet, even defend our faith? No talks bring about silence and ultimately defeat.
I got into a little debate with a relatively new Christian during Christmas time over the reason why society has degraded so much and why the younger generations have lost their faith. My response was first centered around the advancements of technology and the dominance of secularism within our schools, universities and just about everything else we do. The only place kids really are able to learn about God and engage with other Christians is Sunday school, and many of times that is just like recess with no learning.
As the conversation went on I suggested that another central problem with younger generations is that they stem from a rebellious generation coming from the 60’s and 70’s era. A generation that did not regard spiritual leaders, did not listen to their parents and went on to promote self and greed is where a lot of where children today have gotten their own ideas from. At that time the conversation began to sizzle and drastically form into a debate, mostly due to the fact that the guy I was talking with was an older guy.
The only place kids really are able to learn about God and engage with other Christians is Sunday school, and many of times that is just like recess with no learning.
My idea of a solution narrowed down to the fact that it all starts in the home and if God is not a common place for the talk about God, then the kids will have no foundation with God. Most of what kids take into account is found within the walls of home and unfortunately many have taken into account the old saying of “no politics and religion” so much so that they silenced themselves as well as their kids.
Not only is there no talk about God within the home, but most parents do not even take time to read their Bibles, let alone study in depth. Real problems arise when kids come home from school with, what look like contradictory teachings that discredit God and the Bible, at which point they ask the parents for clarity that the parents cannot provide. I am not saying that all parents must be theologians, but there should be some concept of depth within the, suppose to be growing soul of the individual.
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15).
Another problem lies within the theology of many of the older generations in which they believe that faith is good enough, and that no growth or transformation is needed. Faith alone is good enough and that one cannot truly come to know Christ personally, but only believe. It is all about going to heaven when we die and nothing else. This same theology is still prevailing even with younger parents of this generation that have taken from their own parents theology and continued with this concept wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, these types of “Christians” are easy bait for the atheist who confront them and that also teach their kids.
Some talk is better than no talk. Where there is no backbone, there is no way to stand.
Now, I am not suggesting that we force Christianity upon our kids, God forbid, but rather I am suggesting that we bring God back into the home and make Him a common topic of conversation. We should engage with our kids about God and try our best to answer their questions, and whatever difficult questions that we cannot answer we can seek out the answer, which in turn helps us grow both intellectually and spiritually. Some talk is better than no talk. Where there is no backbone, there is no way to stand. Even in the book of Deuteronomy we see this type of engagement in the home being commanded and highly recommended.
“You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 11:19 NKJV).
At this point the older gentlemen went on to say that we did not need to talk about God, but rather about just being a good person as this was what Christianity was all about. Which at that point I responded as gentle as possible, “No sir, it is about believing in Jesus Christ and being cleansed by His blood. It is about living for God and walking in the Spirit daily.” And this is what I mean by how we should be, not only engaging our children, but one another as well as our own selves by reading, meditating on and studying scripture daily to show ourselves approved before God and to help others that do not know Him.