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The Importance of Now

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Will someone please tell me when I am supposed to be doing this stuff?

Seriously, will someone just tell me? My wife is getting ready to have our second child, and in these last few weeks, we keep trying to remember all of the little things you learn when you have a child. How many diapers will he go through in a day? How many times will he eat? How long will he sleep? How little sleep will we be getting?

Luckily, finding out these answers just takes a quick trip over to Google, and in seconds, we can find all of the information and ideas we need to refresh our memories.

The big question, though, is where is all of the information on when and how to talk with your young adult about the things they will face in the world? Google doesn’t have a whole lot of help for us in that department.

The Age of Anti-Truth

I will make the statement here, and stand by it, that there has always been the need to help our students develop their knowledge of what we believe and why we believe it. We also have always needed to help our young adults develop their apologetic of the faith, their ability to defend what we believe and why we believe it. It is no more important today than it was 10 years ago, 50 years ago, or 500 years ago.

That being said, today’s society has cast a light on the need for this knowledge. In a world that says there is no truth, that what is true for you is only true for you and no one else, it is clear that our students need to be able to clearly defend their beliefs and the truth that God teaches us in Holy Scripture.

So when do you start talking about these tough topics? And where do you start?

The answer may shock you. The answer is NOW! You should be addressing these things now.

Do you really mean right now?

Does this mean you should start teaching your three-year-old about the complexities around the (insert name of the latest headline here) movement in our country? No, I’m not saying that. What I am saying is that our efforts to help our children understand and then be able to defend our faith can’t be boiled down to a fifteen-minute conversation before your child heads off to high school or college. When difficult conversations arise, we should want to have our children grounded in their baptismal identity, as one who has been buried with Christ in His death and reborn into new life with His resurrection (Romans 6:3–4). That knowledge will form the foundation of—and empower you to have—the conversations you need to have with your children to prepare them for the broken world in which we live.

So what do you think? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below!

God’s blessings as you teach your children the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3 ESV).

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Joe Willmann

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Joe Willmann is the Senior Instructional Designer for Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis, MO. A former teacher and administrator, Joe has a passion for education and learning theory. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University and his Master's Degree from Concordia University - Ann Arbor. He lives with his wife, Nicole, his daughter Ava, and his son Carter. You can read his latest posts here.


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