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“Dear Lord, my teens went to sum­mer Bi­ble camp at a neigh­bor­ing church last month, but now I re­gret sign­ing them up be­cause they’ve been beg­ging to switch churches ever since. The youth min­istry there is big­ger than our church’s, and it’s draw­ing kids in droves. They host con­certs and par­ties, and have their own buses to go to ral­lies and other events. But our church has al­ready lost sev­eral fam­i­lies be­cause kids are be­ing lured away by this other church’s flashi­ness. I don’t want to switch churches, es­pe­cially since it would mean join­ing a dif­fer­ent de­nom­i­na­tion. My chil­dren don’t seem to care about the dis­par­i­ties: They want their dad and I to keep go­ing to ‘our’ church and drop them off to wor­ship at ‘theirs.’ I know if I don’t re­lent, they may turn away en­tirely. But how am I sup­posed to let them fol­low teach­ings I don’t agree with?”

Wis­dom of the Word

For just as the body is one and has many mem­bers, and all the mem­bers of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

—Paul in his first let­ter to the Corinthi­ans, 12:12

We un­der­stand and yet…

We want our loved ones to take their own jour­neys, but not when it comes to mat­ters of faith. Though we don’t want to hold them back from walk­ing with You, it feels like they’re stray­ing by mak­ing faith choices that dif­fer from ours. How can we keep them from go­ing too far?

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