“I can’t believe you are taking us to church when there is ice outside. You don’t even give us a choice!”
And he is right. It was cold. There was frost on the windshield. On the porch. On the steps. And, no…he didn’t have choice.
Yes. I MAKE my kids get up and go to church.
And this is why:
The world is going to feed them a bunch of lies. It is going to tell them that fame. Success. Approval. Opinions. That these things matter.
It is going to give them a skewed view of love. Tell them that love is flowers. Chocolate. Gifts. That you have to change or morph into someone else to be worthy of love. That love is based on some kind of feeling, and has nothing to do with actions.
The world is going to convince them that God isn’t real. That He doesn’t exist. That happiness is obtained by having more things. Their faith will be tested, mocked, and ridiculed.
Point your kids in the right direction, and when they are old they won’t be lost. Proverbs 22:6, MSG
I take them to church so they are equipped to combat the lies of the devil, and the ones the world will throw at them. I take them to church so they will recognize a lie once seen or heard, and walk solely in His truth.
I take them to church so they can learn, know, and embrace; not who they are told to be, but who God has made them to be. So they are equipped to walk with their heads held high when the world, and all of its twisted messages of acceptance and success begin to fill them up instead.
I take them to church so they know true love. Love that sacrifices. Love that is unconditional. A love like no other that not one person or thing. Achievement or reward can give them.
I take them to church-not because I believe this is the only place to encounter God. Know Him. Feel Him. But because, when given a choice between the demands of the world and their faith, they will always choose their faith.
So, no. I don’t give them a choice.
I “make” them go to church.
“Write these commandments I have given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7 MSG