Tough Questions Kids Ask
May 2006: Is it Possible to Overdo Christian Parenting?
What should you do if your child is so well-versed in Christian ways that he or she is ridiculed at school? Is it possible to overdo Christian parenting?
A modern-day paraphrase of Deuteronomy 6:7 states "Impress God's commands on your child, and talk to your offspring about God at home, on the way to the grocery store, while waiting at the doctor's office..." - Sylvia Cochran, at suite101.com.
Based on this passage, the Bible sees no danger in overemphasizing our faith. Most families probably run a far greater risk of not doing enough. Concerning the taunting at school, it certainly breaks parents' hearts to see their child ridiculed, but consider what Matthew 5:11-12 promises about suffering for Christ's sake: "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
Discouraging the child from talking about Jesus would be lamentable, but perhaps the parents could explain to him/her that not everyone wants to talk about religion. Sometimesshowing people through our actions what it means to be a Christian is the best way to share Jesus with them.
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