Child Discipleship: Would Your Children Renounce Christ?

 

 

 So everyone who acknowledges me before men,
I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33
but whoever denies me before men,
I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32-33

If your child was asked to stomp on the face of Jesus would he do it?

A college class was asked to do that recently – only one student refused to do so.

We must prepare our children. Do they know the verses above? Do they understand that there is a cost to walk with Jesus?

And he said to all, 
“If anyone would come after me,
let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.24
For whoever would save his life will lose it,

but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Luke 9:32-33

Ask your children what they would do if they were asked to stomp on the face of Jesus? Help them to think it through. Challenge them to pray daily for the strength to stand strong with Jesus.

Together think through times in their life today that they might be tested – by teachers, by friends, by relatives. It may be much more subtle than stomping on Jesus’ face. Each kid is going to be faced with different challenges- help your child see where s/he will be tested.

If you have not read the story of how I learned the importance of raising children to walk strong in the Lord read it here My Heart’s Cry – it was an amazing challenge to me to not overprotect my children.

Rob Stroud in his post at Mere Inkling asks the question, “What did the professor want the kids to learn from this lesson?”

Something unbelievable just happened in America.
Something offensive, abusive, and utterly intolerant.

At Florida Atlantic University, one of the professors taught a lesson
so distasteful that, had it maligned any faith other than
Christianity, it would have led to his dismissal.
Instead, the student who challenged it was suspended from the course.

The class is entitled “Intercultural Communication,”
and the instructor happens to be the county
vice-chair of one America’s major political parties.

So, what was the malicious class exercise?
The students were instructed to write the name
“Jesus” in large letters on a piece of paper which they
laid on the floor in front of them. Then, they were
directed to stomp—yes, stomp—on the name of the person millions of people throughout the world regard as their Savior.

Read the whole post

About Wanda

I have worked with children and families for over 40 years in both secular and Christian settings. • Following college I joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) and served in a migrant labor camp in Texas. • After VISTA I married Joe Parker. Joe was a Boy’s Club Director and we served in several inner city and barrio areas in So. California. • I served as Children’s Director and Family Pastor in three Orange County Churches. During this time I was a co—founder of CCMA • Right after the Los Angeles riots, and while serving as Family Pastor at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, Campus Crusade approached me to develop a reproducible ministry to reach children in inner city areas of America, known today as S.A.Y. Yes! Centers of America. • In 1998 I was invited along with 25 others, representing every continent of the world, to be part of a symposium in England. This was the initial gathering for the creation of a curriculum to equip people working with children living in difficult circumstances. Celebrating Children is taught today in Christian universities around the world. • In 2001 KidTrek was begun, a unique ministry to equip the Church to disciple children. Married for 47 years, I have three married children and eight grandchildren who walk with the Lord. The greatest gift a mother could ever have.
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