Friday, May 21, 2010

Should you protect your children from the world?

In his book, Connected Christianity, Art Azurdia (professor of homiletics at Western Seminary) writes,
“It is disturbing that some Christians actually believe the goal of parenting is to do everything possible to keep their children disengaged from the world. I profoundly disagree. The burden of Christian parents must be to prepare their children to engage the world with a mind filled with the Scriptures, a heart aflame with love for Jesus Christ.” 

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree? Why? 


  1. Chris Frick5/22/10, 3:10 PM

    Word. I wholeheartedly agree!

    This is a great reminder! Thanks Pastor Bill!

  2. I agree, and I think you covered this topic so well in your book, Gospel Powered Parenting. I've shared this with several people!

  3. I do find Voddie Baucham's viewpoint to be worth at least a thinking through -- "If we continue to send our children to Caesar for their education, we need to stop being surprised when they come home as Romans"

    I think he goes overboard -- But the risk he is talking about is very real, and what we need to find a plan to counteract.

    I think that academic faith doesn't become real until we see it being Salty though... And you don't get to see that until it contrasts with the culture around us. So there is a balance someplace in the middle. I haven't figured it out -- I guess I better order your book. ;-)

  4. Bill- I think you are totally right! At some point in every persons life they are going to have to face the world. I think it is better for our children to do this while in the loving care of their parents who will show them how to use scripture and how to rely on God's power to help them through it. A close reletive of mine, in the late twenties now, was sheltered as a child and as a result is still trying to battle their way through the difficulties of the world. We pray that they will soon learn to rely on God.
    Christi B.