There are a few theological concepts I keep running into that drive me nuts:
- That there is some magic age (or moment) where children are able to grasp and accept Christ’s gift of salvation – and until they make that choice, they are either in some sort of limbo, or are saved on the basis of their parents’ faith, or something along that line.
- That we can do nothing about our children’s hearts – it’s all up to the Holy Spirit – but we sure can do something about their behavior. So Christian parenting is all about discipline and enforcing proper behavior – and throwing in Bible stories for good measure…
On the first concept, I have this to say: Jesus said we must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven. It’s backwards, folks!
On the second, I say: It’s ALL about the heart! You can enforce perfect discipline, but if you’re squelching the heart in the process, you’re doing worse than the most lenient, inattentive parent.
Rather than wax philosophical or engage in theological debate here, I want to share with you Amanda’s posts on Salvation for Kids at Impress Your Kids. Love them, love them love them!
- Salvation for Kids Part 1
- Salvation for Kids Part 2
- Salvation for Kids Part 3
- Teaching Kids About Salvation