We tend to take after our parents in almost everything. If both our parents are white, then we’re guaranteed to be white as well. If both our parents have brown hair, we are most likely going to have brown hair. I realize that hereditary traits are not always this straight forward. The point is, we take after our parents. This not only applies to our physical traits though. We also take after our parents in what we believe.
For instance, if your parents are republicans, then you are most likely be become a republican. By now, you can probably see where I’m going with this. If your parents are Christian and they believe in God, then you are most likely to be a Christian as a kid. I want to be clear that there is absolutely nothing wrong with growing up in the church and believing in God due to your parents. There are certainly many advantages to believing in God early in our lives. The problem is:
Our parent’s faith is not enough to keep us believing once we grow up.
As kids get older, they slowly begin to develop their own thoughts, feelings and opinions. Believing in God just because your parents do is not a very solid foundation. Once a kid begins to think more independently, then there is a good chance they will stop believing. Why is this the case?
It is because many kids who grow up believing in God, never take the time to develop their own faith. They lean on their parent’s faith as a crutch and once that crutch gets kicked away by life and competing beliefs, there is nothing for them to stand on. So how does a kid develop their faith? The same as everyone else. Kids need to learn to pursue God through prayer and the Bible and they need to do this out of their own free will. That free will aspect is the trickiest part in all this. Kids are not really developing their own faith if God is being forced on them. They need to experience God on their own. They need to feel the spirit move through them which only happens when kids seek God by their choice.
Well, if you’re a kid (which you are not because Facebook is for old people), then I hope and pray that you will commit to seeking God consistently on your own. Please take this seriously because you will not maintain your belief in God by relying on your parent’s faith alone. If you are a parent or grandparent or volunteer leader in the youth group, I hope that you will encourage your kids to seek God on their own. You can’t make them, but you can encourage them, and you can lead them by example.