After a church presentation recently where I talked about apologetics for children, a mom asked me a great question: “How soon should we start?”
“As early as possible,” was my answer.
I wish I had added, “And who better to take the lead on this than Mom?”
The hours Mom spends with children in car pool, at sports events, or helping with homework provide a natural environment in which to talk about apologetic issues. Worldview is an example.
Worldview is the set of basic beliefs an individual uses to process the most important questions of life: Who am I? How do I understand my world? Why are there so many problems in this world? What is the solution to those problems?
Worldview determines the actions we take, decisions we make, and the values we hold. Similar to a computer’s processing program, worldview hums in the background working to make sense of our life experiences.
A robust, consistent Christian worldview can stave off toxic cultural forces as a child grows. In a self-focused culture that devalues the unborn, blurs gender lines, and struggles to find principles worth living by, a robust Christian worldview is refreshing and holistic. In the Christian worldview, life has meaning because each of us is made in God’s image.
So, how can a mom help her child develop a strong Christian worldview?
The simple acroustic TEAM (no deep meaning—the word simply works) gives tips for laying in place the basic building blocks of a consistent worldview. Tips 1-3 help show children there is good reason to be confident in the Christian faith. Tip 4 underscores that the Christian worldview provides more satisfying answers than any other worldview.
Facts alone are not enough to lead a child to Christ. God must do a work in the child’s heart. But, helping children see that the Christian faith is evidence-based and provides meaningful answers to life can quiet cultural voices and tune their hearts to God’s voice.
Marilyn Stewart, is assistant director for news at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and holds an MA in apologetics from NOBTS.