Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Proverbs 20:11, English Standard Version
Even a Child
We live in a country where children are protected by the courts, which is good as long as the courts do not impinge upon the freedom of parents to train their children according to God's Word. But, does this protection mean that our children are not responsible for their lives before the Lord until they reach adulthood?
This is a difficult concept for me; I have children who loved the Lord as young children, but who have left the faith as young teenagers. At least, their words and actions are definitely not those of a Godly person.
As parents, we must take our responsibilities very seriously to train up our children in the way they should go. That is increasingly harder in the culture we live in today. Do not rely on your church or Christian school to be the only means of training your child in the faith. The real task has been given to parents, realizing that your children are affected by the life they see every single day. Let us pray that our lives will be a consistent testimony before them.
If your situation is similar to mine, you know the griefs I face. I am, however, encouraged by the Word of God which says, Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. I also believe that God allows this to happen so that we would understand that salvation is a gift from God, not something we can implant within our children. Before we become discouraged, we must realize the power of prayer; our God is able to save--even to the uttermost.
What a wondrous God we have!
God Bless You,