Beware of the Do’s and Don’ts of Faith
LEWIS JONES, FOLEY KIDCITY + YOUTH DIRECTOR
If you are reading this, then you might have a son or daughter that is saying, “Well, if I’m a Christian then I won’t be able to do this __________ or do that __________” or "because I’m a Christian, I can’t do this ___________ or that _____________.” If so, let’s jump in and dig deeper into what is going on in your child’s mind.
If your son or daughter is saying these things, then they may have a misconstrued view of what Christianity actually is. They may be thinking Christianity is a bunch of rules and regulations that tell everyone what they can and cannot do. That is completely wrong.
Mark 12:30-31 it says, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Although there may be things we are called to avoid as believers, the main things we have to do are love God and love other people. We have to get teenagers/students to understand that Christianity is more about their relationship with Christ than a list of things they don’t do. If they understand the relationship aspect and understand what love God has for them, then they will see His heart and realize that Christianity is not a boring list of don’ts at all. It is the adventure of a lifetime.
Some points that may help you convey this to your student or teenager:
Share: Tell them your story. Tell them about God’s faithfulness and the joy of following Him. Talk about healthy relationships with others, making good choices how your spend your time, and actively seeking to grow in your faith. Tell them the ways that you know God loves you and loves them! Talk about the ways God has opened doors for you and how your faith walk has played out in positive ways in your life.
Pray: Seek guidance from the Holy Spirit on how you can effectively communicate this to your son or daughter. Pray that God will open their eyes and ears to hear and see the truth about Christianity and how much He loves them.