“I’m Not Going to Church!” Chapter 3.1

Posted: January 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Any child of moderate perception, having lived for over a decade under the same roof with parents, knows that just because they are Christians and go to church on Sundays does not mean they are also saints. The child knows they sin daily. Now is the time to talk about that.” (p. 24)

Is Eugene Peterson right? Those of us with children have a lot invested in our kids. Is a polished image, an intense public relations campaign and a handful of success stories the best way to pass on our faith…to make disciples? Or does adolescence allow us as parents the wonderful gift of stripping all that away and becoming real again?

Who were some of the first adults who shared their authentic walk with you? How did that make a difference in your owning your faith?

(This post is inspired by chapter 3 of Like Dew Your Youth: Growing Up With Your Teenager by Eugene Peterson. Get a copy of this great little book and check back each Thursday for the next 9 weeks to become part of the discussion.

  1. Linda Hrncir says:

    Hal, I haven’t read the book, but I do think it’s important that we be real with our kids. None of us is perfect, as they very well know. We all need to know, parents and children, that if we are willing to repent when we fail, then God is willing to forgive us. I think it’s important to repent to children also when I wrong against them and ask their forgiveness… trying to be an example of how we should relate to God. As far as disciplining kids, I take that job pretty seriously as a parent, but am thankful for some reinforcement from the “church”. But ultimately that has nothing to do with the hype or “polished image”, as you put it, but with adults and peers who care about my kids and treat them with the love and kindness of Christ.
    To answer your last question; My mom, she was probably the biggest influence on my early spiritual walk.

  2. halhamilton says:

    Thanks, Linda. Good stuff! I so agree….even when I am tempted in a moment not to self-reveal.

    I remember years ago reading a speech by Richard DeVos (known best as Orlando Magic owner) in which he highlighted the five most important phrases in a leader’s vocabulary. (I think in his book he increased the number to ten :-)) . Three of the phrases were “I am wrong.” “I am sorry.” “I need you.”

    Talking about forgiveness is a whole other post, but I think I would add “Will you forgive me?”

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