When Your Kid is Not a Believer — in God

For Jesus and the culture

Dear Reader, 

I know that there’s some parents out here who are really upset and aghast that their child does not believe the same things, have the same values or walk in the way that they were taught. 

I want to reassure you today that that is really perfectly ok. There are a few reasons why it’s okay: 

  1. They believe in a Higher Power. 

No, I’m serious. They do. When you turn a light switch and it works, you believed the higher power of electricity. When you drive a car, you pray daily even if its “please let me make this red light” I truly believe everyone has a basic belief in something. It’s in our core selves. 

  1. Higher Power for some, is a Gateway back to God

For some of us, the origins of our parents became too much for us. When it was too much, we walked away from all of it. You’ve heard the saying, we “threw the baby out with the bathwater.” 

But that gate is still open with our little beliefs in electricity, in gasoline,  and sunlight. I want to reassure you that they may just come back around.

  1. When they come back around, their beliefs, values, etc may not be what they once were. 

We’re not the same we were last month. We’re not even the same we were this morning. We cannot operate on expired faith; we need new wine. So it may not be what you wanted but it’s faith. AND THAT MATTERS

I will end this with a poem by Emily Dickinson: 

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.