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Pump the Brakes, Homeboy: The Role of Dad, Mom, and the Youth Minister

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March 29, 2012 by Daniel Beckworth

The Role of Dad, Mom, and the Youth Minister

We have seen a shift in the way we view the role of parents and youth ministers in terms of spiritual training. Mom and Dad now drop off their kids, much like they drop off their dry-cleaning, at their local church youth group to receive all the spiritual training they need to be good boys and girls.

This is a giant shift from early spiritual educational methods. The parents were seen as the primary faith trainers of their children. Mom and Dad were ultimately responsible for the spiritual education of their children. The Scripture supports this view. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 says, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” And Psalm 78:4 echoes this idea by saying, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.”

We are raising a generation that is ignorant of basic Christianity and are biblically illiterate. They have a shallow foundation and a weak faith. They know little of the mighty deeds of Yahweh, the God of the Bible, and His plan of redemption. The coming generations are ignorant of the person and work of Jesus Christ. They view Him as a good person who played nice with everyone. They lack an in-depth understanding of who the real Jesus actually is and what He demands of His followers. It is a wonder that we do not see a higher rate of students walk away from the shallow faith that we have cultivated.

Corrective Steps
1. Parents must become the Primary Spiritual Trainers for their children.
2. Christian parents must also step up and aid the youth who do not have Christian parents who are willing to teach them spiritual truths.
3. Teach the coming generations of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Move beyond the shallow truths that we have become so comfortable with and dive into truths that we find in God’s Word.
4. Build a strong foundation will hold for many years to come. We can’t afford to sugarcoat the gospel message.

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