Daniel and Michele invited me to share pizza with about four young married couples, three of which had new babies. It was their idea to glean wisdom from me on raising children for Christ. I began by telling them that no matter how Godly and uncompromising as parents they turn out to be, there is no guarantee that their children will commit to and follow Jesus. Unlike other religious communities, tribal animism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism and to some extent Roman Catholicism where there is strong cultural identity and reinforcement, Evangelical faith calls for each individual to step up, make a personal commitment and go it alone (“…outside of the camp, bearing His reproach.”). The truth is this, when it comes to being a Christian almost everything in one’s culture opposes it from education, media and peers. Cultural religion is acceptable has no similar challenge.
With this caveat, I told those gathered about ten things if I would do if I had a “do-over.”