Is It Wrong To Force Jesus On My Kids?

In this sermon I was trying to address the question that I hear asked by our church family friends: “Is it wrong for me to force Jesus on my kids?”

Many of our friends grew up in homes where they had a drug problem: Their parents drug them to church on Sunday, drug them to Wednesday night prayer meetings, drug them to VBS, etc…The result was that many of our friends spent their 20s resenting the local church instead of living among believers in Biblical community.

So the question becomes clarified for believing Parents: Is there a way to force Jesus on your kids that is actually beneficial?

I think so.  And I think Deuteronomy 6:4-9, otherwise known in Jewish circles as “The Shema,” can inform our parenting in a way that helps us force our kids to consider what it looks like to treasure Jesus most in this world.

About Doug Hankins

Although not a Christian in his youth, Doug came to believe in Jesus during his teenage years. When not playing sports or pastoring Doug is probably spending time with his wife, reading a good book, or drinking some hot tea. Doug's first book Dawson Trotman: In His Own Words is available wherever books are sold. You can follow Doug on twitter.
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15 Responses to Is It Wrong To Force Jesus On My Kids?

  1. The notion that we shouldn’t “force” religion on our children happened when the U.S. gradually became a “child-centered” culture…possibly the Dr. Spock era of permissiveness. Interesting to see on huge campuses like Ohio State, a large attendance at the Saturday Evening Mass services on campus or at the Newman Center…freshmen who want to make sure they get in their church attendance so they can party on High Street and not worry about missing mass Sunday Morning. I remember those guilt-motivated days…and am glad my Catholic upbringing ingrained that into me along with the scriptures that we recited in mass. All of these experiences came to life when I later accepted Christ…the Holy Spirit readily opened my eyes to the true meaning of those Bible passages.

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