Many children today would not know about Jesus if it was not for their grandparents.
This was brought to my attention by my six year old grandson Gabriel when he asked me how I knew so much about God. I pondered his question for sometime after I gave him the short version response. Telling him that I go to church regularly and read my Bible everyday to see what God has for me to learn. Being a pastor’s wife for 44 years I began to analyze some some things I had learned through the years.
Teaching children’s church has been a love of mine for some time. Analyzing children who have attended overtime I realized that most of them were able to come because their grandparents were bringing them, with them, each Sunday. Questioning why this was true it became obvious that many parents do not care about teaching their children about God. There are many excuses that are given for this lack of education about God and Jesus.
Some parents were forced to attend church as a child and they don’t want to force their children to go. Actually, that is an excuse for them not to attend weekly services. Others state that when the children are older they can make their own choice, about whether to practice religion or not. Parents do not seem to realize they are making the decision for their children. My question is how can children even know there is a possibility of God , if they are never exposed to the option.
Some say I turned out okay. I never follow God or go to church. I’m not so bad, so why do my children need church. Many times these same individuals will ask people to pray for them when they are going through an illness, or tough situation. When tough times approach they realize they need something besides just being good to sustain them.
There was a time when children were taught about God in the schools. Prayers were allowed and Bible reading could be done. Yet we have taken all to do with God out of the schools. If many children are to learn anything at all about a loving, merciful God it is through the Grandparents.
Currently, I have one child in Junior Church who is being brought by his parents. The other 14 are there because of loving , caring Grandparents who believe the children should be able to make an educated decision about whether God is real.
It takes special grandparents to care enough to take responsibility for getting their grandchildren to church. Allowing the children to learn and decide fore themselves whether to follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Thank you grandparents for being willing to take this responsibly on for your grandchildren.