Why I Would Never Force my Kids to go to Church

The context:

My son told me a few weeks into school that he didn’t like the teacher.  He wasn’t getting excited enough about learning, and he didn’t really feel connected to the other kids in his class, so I told him he never had to go back to school again.  Who wants to waste their time going somewhere where they aren’t being fulfilled?

We’ve never forced our daughter to stay off the road when playing.  We don’t want to restrict her imagination.  We allow her the freedom to make her own choices in life.

Obviously, put in that context it sounds ridiculous.  We encourage, require, demand, [force] or kids to go to school because we know, as parents, that it best.  We never knowingly let our children play in the street either.  Not only is it wise, but it is a life or death issue.

You set boundaries for their own safety when playing outside.  You insist they go to school because you’re looking at the long term picture.  And you are right to do those things.  How much more so are you responsible for doing all you can to secure their eternal well being?

Parents have a task of the utmost importance.  God has placed these precious children into your homes for such a brief while.  You have them with you for perhaps 1/5 of their lives.  Set a strong foundation while they are under your roof.  Take them to church.  Make sure they understand that they are sinners and that Jesus is their Savior.  They are never too young to learn this. Don’t use the excuse that “they wouldn’t understand.”  Try them.  I don’t understand it all myself, but I still believe.  And you’d better believe that the Holy Spirit can and will work in their hearts effectively.

So parents, don’t give in to outside pressures telling you not to force your kids to go to church.  Don’t give in to them, either, when they complain about it.  Because at some point an amazing thing happens- that kid who complains about church grows up and takes his or her own kids to church every Sunday.

Read the entire article here:  http://truthnotes.net/2014/03/24/why-i-would-never-force-my-kids-to-go-to-church/

Special thanks to Retha Young and Stacey Blackwelder for the heads up on this good article.

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