A READER ASKS
“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?