If you have their attention, if just for a moment, you have an opening. If the opportunity is not taken, it could be lost forever.
This happened to me several weeks back with my early teenage son. What follows is a true story…
Me: “Hey, have any of your classes discussed evolution yet?”
Son: “Huh? Huh, no, I don’t think so?’
Me: “Really? Nothing huh? Maybe there calling it something else like, Creationism, maybe something like that?
Son: “Yea, I guess. I think, my science teacher spoke about that awhile back”
Me: (Internal thought) Bingo!
Me: “So, you’re in youth at the church, how did that make you feel when the Teacher was instructing something different than what the Bible teaches?”
Son: (Slowing opening up) “Well, I’m not sure. I don’t know what to think. I want to believe the Bible, but the evolution stuff in class sounds like it works”
Me: “So, what is your take on which one sounds right?”
Son: “Well, I think God did create man, animals and stuff, and then he let evolution do the rest.”
Me: “Really? Well, you know, that is great your thinking about this stuff and trying to make it work in your head. You know, there have been scientists that have argued about theories just like what you said. One is called the “Watch Maker Theory”, due to how complex the human body is, it says God created it all. Kind of like how complex the inside of a watch is, something like that is to complicated to be created by chance.
There is also the “Blind Watchmaker Theory”, some have argued that God created everything and then evolution took over. God left his creation alone to work itself out into what we see in the present day. He kind of wound up the universe like a watch, and let it run. Of course, that would mean that God is impersonal and doesn’t interact with us. You think that is true?”
Son: “No. That doesn’t make any sense”
Me: “I don’t think so either. Who would we be praying to then, of God is not personal? Also, where does that leave Jesus? Because God is so personal and loves us so much, he came to be with us and reconcile us, with Jesus. Doesn’t sound like he wants to wind-up the world and let it run on its own. It sounds like He wants to be involved and have a relationship with us.”
Son: “Yea, I guess so. Cool.”
As in the situation I recounted above, someone was already is providing the framework that would have guided my child’s faith for possibly the rest of their lives.
Who is providing that framework for your child?
You better ask…
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV) “2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.