Did you know that almost everyone in your child’s world – even many Christians – will try to convince your child almost everything in life is a gray area? With the possible exception of murder and a few other crimes, most people today believe in relativism. Everything in life is relative and truth is whatever the person decides is truth.
The result is, very few people believe there is such a thing as absolute truth. Of, they may believe in the absolutes of math and probably accept everything their science teacher teaches them as absolute truth. Anything the Bible teaches though is presented as highly suspect. After all, the reasoning goes, most of it was written thousands of years ago by people who are not as educated and sophisticated as we are.
Of course, what the writers attribute to God was merely a collection of myths and popular wisdom of the day. They will even point to other societies that have similar stories of a flood or taught a few similar laws as examples that it was merely the culture of the time, not God’s rules and principles that are true for all times and places.
Sometimes the teaching is overt, but many times it is subtle. Little jokes at the expense of Christians. Jabs at the intelligence of people who “blindly” accept the Bible as truth. Eye rolling at anyone who is so naive as to believe there is an absolute truth. And those who insist everything is not gray, but there are many choices that are either totally wrong or totally right are considered judgmental and rigid.
The pressure your kids will undergo to reject God’s absolute truth will be intense. You can try and protect them by homeschooling them, taking them to church or putting them in Christian schools. If they ever turn on a television, read anything online or walk out the door of your house, they will be exposed to the biggest lie Satan is using to successfully confuse non-Christians and Christians alike – since there is no absolute truth, then whether or not we choose to obey God’s commands and principles is totally up to our perception of them.
In other words, your child will be told over and over to make their own choices about right and wrong depending on the situation and not on God’s commands. They will be taught it is rude and disrespectful to try and convert others to Christianity because they are refusing to accept the other person’s truth as a truth that is valid for them – regardless of whether or not it is actually true. They will be told they should treat people the way they deserve to be treated, because your child’s truth of hurt and anger is more important than God’s of love and forgiveness.
If you only do a few things as a Christian parent to dedicate your children to God, one of the most important is teaching your children there is an absolute truth. That truth is God’s and can’t be overruled because society doesn’t like it anymore. God is supreme and they should never reject God’s commands because they don’t “feel” like truth to them.
If you can accomplish that (and it’s an uphill battle, I won’t kid you), you have given your children a very firm foundation which will hopefully help them acknowledge, obey and share God’s absolute truth.