Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

Public Art – Continued

Here are some more examples of public art:

The History of Campbell Town carved in an old Cypress tree

The History of Campbell Town carved in an old Cypress tree

Alexander Beetle mural in Burnie Tasmania

Alexander Beetle mural in Burnie Tasmania

Paper Mache people at The Makers' Workshop Burnie Tasmania

Paper Mache people at The Makers’ Workshop Burnie Tasmania

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Keep The Drawbridge Closed

A few days ago I started a discussion on how we direct our children with regard to faith in this chaotic post-modern environment. The story continues …

How do we guide our children in the fraught area of faith? Some parents try to surround their children with their values and beliefs and keep all other views at bay. We could call this a fortress approach. This method of  parenting, especially in the area of faith, is very understandable. It can be a very nasty, seductive and confusing world out there. So these parents tend to limit the contact their children have with the outside world. TV and the internet is controlled, friends are screened and if at all possible they are home schooled. (I am not suggesting this the motive for all home schooling parents).

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Some parents try the fortress approach.

Is this approach sustainable? I would suggest not. It might be appropriate at young ages but there is also a need for our children to argue for their faith and to justify their beliefs. (I’ll say more about this in the future). The time will come when they are confronted by the world and they will need the foundation and the tools to withstand the onslaught, and advance their faith and worldview. In other words, it is naive to believe that only protecting them is sufficient to plant and grow a healthy and lasting faith.

I have seen too many young people lose their faith when they have gone to university or work for the first time and they haven’t had the where-with-all to counter and defend themselves against the worldviews, thinking and values that others hold. Why? Simply, because they hadn’t been prepared.

So how do we prepare them? More tomorrow.

Categories: Child Theology, christian, christian education, Devotional, Faith, Family, Reflections, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments

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