Then, I start at the information gathering place, “What do you think is going on?”
Parents may be able to share that a crisis has occurred, rocking the child’s faith foundation. Perhaps new college studies have brought forth this declaration. Difficult situations often cause all of us to raise the questions about the goodness of God.
Studies may lead to questions about the unexplainable miracles of God, or teenagers may simply disagree with the faith of their parents. After our discussion, I ask parents to accept that their children must come to a faith of their own. Their role as parents is to make sure that the children are exposed to the great minds of the faith, are engaged in spiritual retreats and missions, always looking for how God speaks to them.
I ask the parents to make every effort to make sure the child encounters the great unknowable God of true faith. But finally, I concede no one can make another believe.
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