As Christians we should ask ourselves if we are failing our children. Not as parents, but as spiritual leaders. In England, the Archbishop of Canterbury released findings that from 2005 and 2010 Christians had dropped from 77 percent to 70 percent. The same survey showed that those who have no religion raised from 15 percent to 21 percent. In the U.S. the statistics are even more worrisome with 44 percent of those surveyed stating that they had changed or left the religion they were taught as children. Drops continue to be evident year over year with the amount of Protestants dropping from 52.5 to 51.9 percent from 2011 to 2012 and in Catholics a drop was seen from 23.6 to 23.1 percent. However in non-Christian religions numbers are on the rise. Jewish Americans rose from 1.6 to 1.7 percent, Muslim Americans rose 0.5 to 0.6 percent and other non-Christian religions rose from 2.4 to 2.6 percent.
Carrying the Torch
As parents we are in a position to carry the torch of our faith and pass it onto our children. Faith is one of the most important gifts we pass onto our children and many would argue developing spirituality is a life skill that people require to be successful in life. Spirituality is the moral compass we all use to make the right choices in life. Regardless of religion, children must be taught right from wrong, respect, discipline and self love in order to grow up to be well adjusted adults. For centuries religion has played a key role in developing young minds and assisting them in making the right choices in life. Although the world has changed drastically we still have to ask ourselves if we doing our children a disservice when we turn our backs on religion.
Power of Positive Influence
Faith can assist children in understanding the power of positive influences in life. It can show them how positive thought gained through faith can assist them in making their lives’ better. It can also give them the strength to survive major pit falls in their lives. Prophecy News Watch Newsletter offers Christians views and discussions on living as a Christian today. Staying strong in your faith and making sure you instil not only your beliefs in your children, but the joy faith brings will help continue the line of your family’s beliefs.