“These children are the seeds my days plant, the blooms of the next generations.”
~ Ann Voskamp ~
Children ARE the next generation – the way we raise our children and the values we instill in them will become the way the next generation lives, and therefore will determine the actions of our country years to come from now.
That’s why things like the new Jesus Camp movie really concern me. Check out the trailer if you haven’t heard of it.
I really have to question if these children have a clue as to what they’re talking about. I know that when I was eight years old, I had no true intellectual sense as to what damnation was, and I certainly didn’t know what being a warrior for Christ was all about. I mean, these children are being trained to fight against certain social issues, yet they can’t possibly have a full understanding as to what those social issues are. They’re just regurgitating information fed to them by their parents. How can the next generation have any hope if we don’t allow them to think and make decisions for themselves? I just don’t see brainwashing as the answer.
Don’t get me wrong – I think that exposing your children to the Christian lifestyle and doctrine is extremely important. Send them to Sunday school, teach them the stories of the Bible, tell them all about Jesus and how much He loves them. These are vital acts that are important for spiritual growth in a child. But driving them to the point of a crying, convulsing shell of a child who claims he wants to take the nation back from Satan . . . I seriously doubt he knows what he’s saying. Wouldn’t you much rather give your child the tools to come to Christ on his or her own, allowing them to own their faith? I can’t help but wonder how many of these children will come to reject Christianity later in life because they were borderline abused with their parents’ religious zeal.