Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lay the Foundation AND Teach the "Whys" - It Matters

I have been reading about leaders in the church around the world who are renouncing their faith - seems like this is something which is happening more often these days. And not just leaders in the church around the world, but many of us have children, grandchildren, siblings who have turned from a walk with God. What is happening?

I read a post on Cogent Christianity which made me think. George Brahm said; "Most of us have attended churches where apologetics is never an issue of focus. And what Marty’s case reveals is that a lack of apologetics-training in the local church can often be what causes a young person to apostatize, either when they are still young or later in the future." He goes on to say we tend to tell children what to believe, but do not ever tell them "why" they not only "should" believe it, but "why" it is the truth. Take a few minutes to follow the link above and read this article.

We grandmas (and grandpas/parents) need to take this to heart. Yes, absolutely focus upon teaching them what the Bible says; give the children we love a firm foundation grounded in the truth of the Word of God. But do not stop there. Once you lay this foundation, help your grandchildren learn why they are able to believe this truth. Get your hands on some excellent apologetic resources - I recommend visiting josh.org where you will find a wealth of excellent tools to equip you in being able to hand down the "why" of our faith - many are free. I also recommend Lee Strobel's site - leestrobel.com - he has written many "Case for" books which teach apologetics in a way which is easy to understand and then communicate to the ones we love. Definitely check out his book; The Case for Christianity Answer Book (Answer Book Series - I am getting this book to work through with my grandsons.

There are solid reasons for the "why" we believe what we believe. Encourage the questions and help the ones you love discover the answers. The price we pay for not doing this is far, far too high. Hand down the faith with confidence - lay the foundation and teach the "whys". It matters.

#grandmas #handingdownthefaith #itmatterswhatwedo #grandparentingonpurpose   

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