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MAMA BEAR by Bill Stoner

How should I answer my child during times like these?

Read: I Peter 3:15-16

Reflect:  Dropping your children off at school in the morning is a function which is done thousands of times each year. And every time we pick up those same children at the end of the day, we expect to find our kids happy, educated and challenged. We do not expect to pick up children who are confused and disappointed, but it happens. This may not be a regular occurrence, but it happens more times than you may think. Often these questions are dismissed, either by the child who is preoccupied with other after school activities, or by their parents who don’t really have a good answer to counter what was said in class.”

         This is the paragraph which I have used to lead off my class on “Mama Bear Apologetics”. Each of the parents who attended to class came because they have a deep concern for their children and what is being taught to them in the classroom. But they are like so many other parents who have children with questions. They are wondering: “How should I answer my child? How can I reassure him or her, that their questions are valid? And can I tell them that there is nothing wrong with having a different opinion than my teacher?” None of these questions come with simple answers, but each provides an opportunity to disciple our children. Our children may become confused with the truth they learn at home and the truth that is taught at school, but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can show them that Biblical truth never changes and can always be trusted. We can show them by the way we respond that God knows the truth and has revealed it to us. He tells us in I Peter 3:15-16: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscious, so those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”  This is how we must respond to the world, with gentleness and respect.

Apply: The questions that your children will bring home are varied for sure. And as your children go through the different grades, the questions will tend to get harder and more intense.  Your kids may start out with questions like, “Where did dinosaurs come from?” and then ask things like, “How do we know that the Bible is totally accurate?”.  There are many resources that parents can find today. Let me share 3 books with you that are all exceptionally good reads. They are: “Talking with your kids about Jesus” by Natasha Crain, “Mama Bear with Apologetics” by Hillary Ferrer, and “On Guard” by William Lane Craig. There are also podcasts, videos, and conferences that you can attend. Each of these resources can give assistance to this most important job but let me share the number one thing that any parent can do.  Talk with your children!  When they come home from school, talk about their day and any questions they may have. As they get older, take them to McDonalds and talk.  Do whatever it takes but make sure that open communication is there. And remember, always be prepared to give an answer for what you believe, but to do it with gentleness and respect.