In case you haven’t noticed, Satan has lots of tricks. One of his favorite (as Eve might tell you!) is making a lie seem like a very reasonable truth. Once you believe that “reasonable” lie, Satan can then convince you to do all sorts of sinful things, or neglect to do the good things God wants you to be doing.
Unfortunately, Christian parents don’t get a free pass from Satan’s lies just because they are parents. In fact, I would imagine we are one of his prime targets. After all, if Satan can convince us, he gets not only us, but also our children.
So what are the lies Satan wants you to believe? You better sit down for this, because we have probably all believed one or more of these lies to some extent from time to time.
- Teaching my kids about God is not my job. That’s why I take them to church and Sunday School.
- Christian parenting shouldn’t take that much time or effort. Just pray at meals and bedtime, make your kids behave and take them to church. All that extra stuff is just parents showing off.
- What matters most in life is that my kids are happy and successful.
- I can’t compete with those other Christian parents, but at least my kids aren’t as bad as so and so’s kids.
- My kids are very obedient and respectful. Some of the things they say scare me a bit I guess, but since they’re so good, I’m not going to worry about it.
- I know my kids say they don’t want to go to church, but they loved Jesus so much when they were little. I’m sure it’s just a phase.
- I don’t try to teach them about God and what’s in the Bible at home. It’s too complicated and I might do it wrong.
- They will figure it out on their own when they are older. My parents didn’t do anything special and I’m still at church most Sundays.
- You don’t really know what it means to be a Christian until you are almost an adult. Spending all of that time teaching them about God and what He wants is a waste of time when they are little.
- All of that scary talk about Heaven and Hell and spiritual warfare is just ridiculous. Do these people think it’s still the Dark Ages?
- My kids were baptized at 12. I know they don’t believe in God or want to go to church at the moment, but since they were baptized, they are going to Heaven whether they still believe in God and obey Him or not.
- Church is a nice activity, when we have the time. Baseball will get him college scholarships though, so we put him on a traveling team that means missing church most of the year.
Have you ever believed any of these lies Satan tells parents? Have you made decisions based on these lies? Don’t let Satan sneak into your home with his lies and put your kids’ spiritual lives in jeopardy. Christian parenting isn’t easy. it takes more time and effort than good secular parenting. The possible rewards though, are eternal – specifically the blessing of spending eternity with your kids in Heaven. It really is worth your time and effort to reject the lies Satan tries to tell you.