“After a presentation at a large church…a woman approached me at the book table and eagerly asked me to sign a copy of Cold-Case Christianity for her daughter. She asked me to write something compelling on the title page in an effort to encourage her daughter to read the text and reconsider her decision to walk away from Christianity. This mom’s story was all too familiar… It’s tempting to assign our responsibility as parents to others, especially when it comes to issues that require some expertise we don’t already possess.
“Spiritual instruction is really no different… Spiritual questions are often difficult to answer and questions related to secular philosophy, historical veracity and arguments for the existence of God can seem insurmountable. When the challenges arise, it’s easy to look to someone else for the answer… But, while that’s a good start, that’s not the only thing our kids need from us when they begin questioning. They came to us with their questions and they needs us to guide them to the answers. They need us to be involved in the process. We’re the ones who love our kids enough to understand their shape and the nature of their personalities. We ought to respond to their questions well. When your kids begin questioning their faith, you’re the person who needs to become the best Christian Case Maker they know.” ~ J. Warner Wallace, in a blog post titled Parents Are Still the First Line of Defense.
When my husband and I had our little girl, we were excited to introduce her to our amazing Creator and His world and Word. Both of us grew up in strong Christian homes and were introduced to the defense of the faith while still quite young. Over the years I’ve collected many books and sat in many classes on apologetics. But the more I got involved in apologetics and the more I learned, the more I began to see what I have yet to learn.
A consistent reoccurring thought in my mind has been, “I sure hope Quin continues his high school apologetic classes as our daughter grows up so she can sit under him!” When I learned that a friend was teaching a class on Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, I was immediately interested for our daughter. And when God prompted me to introduce a parental apologetics series to this blog, I asked this same friend to write it each month. None of these things are, in and of themselves, a bad idea! But when I came across this post’s beginning quote, I realized my underlying motive was to find someone (else) to give our daughter answers to the hard questions of the faith.
You see, we all can be quite intimidated by the topic of “apologetics” when it comes to our own abilities to defend the faith (Jude 1:3). And yet each of us is charged with the responsibility to give an answer for the hope we have in us (1 Peter 3:15). And that responsibility begins at home (Deut 11:19). And we don’t have a way out (Deut 4:9 & 6:7). And that should excite us (Ps 78:4)!
Parents, we have a wonderful role in our children’s lives. God has shown us a way to know Him and to know why we believe what we believe. Giving our children a solid foundation and a growing understanding of how to find the evidence for God, the creation, Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and showing them the way to have a personal relationship with Him will be to give them the best gift we ever could.
J. Warner Wallace continued on in his article: “I told the mom at my book table that I…doubted her daughter would even open the book now. Instead, I thought that she was the best resource for her daughter. She was going to have to read the book to prepare herself for her next opportunity… As parents, we are still the first line of Christian defense.”
Interestingly, the friend I asked to write these blogs each month declined, as led by the Lord, and instead gently encouraged me to fulfill God’s calling in this area. And so, I’ll be writing this blog once a month, and together we’ll explore ways in which we, as parents, can begin to fulfill God’s command to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
As it says in Ecclesiastes 1:9, there is nothing new under the sun, so I will be using a myriad of resources to help us in our study and will recommend further reading with each post.
We can’t afford to leave this training to others. Our kids will have questions. We can be ready.Tags: 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 6:7, J. Warner Wallace, Jude 1:3, parent apologetics