I read an article on USAToday this week, Am I Raising Atheist Children? The gist of the story is that parents that are atheist and teach their children no religion are not teaching them to be atheist, but merely allowing them to choose for themselves.
I never describe our family as “an atheist family” (I prefer to say, “We are nothing,” as in not part of any religion), and I reject the notion that my kids are automatically what I am. I think that keeping them open to all the possibilities is more important than telling them what to believe in.
What a bunch of hooey. Look, parents, it’s your job to teach your children. You are the adults. By the time your children are old enough to understand there is such a thing as truth and begin to seek it, they’ll be your age and frankly already messed up.
Give them a head start. Teach them Truth. Don’t hid under the guise of “I don’t want to force my beliefs on them.” Ask yourself first some tough questions, and don’t be such a coward when you answer yourself.
– Is there a God? If there is a God, you should live your life as though a large omnipotent being has the ability to crush you like a bug if you misbehave. If there is not a God, then you’ll have a lot more fun living as a heathen. Teach your children that they should have all the sex and drugs and alcohol as they can at an early age because that’s all there is in life.
– If there is a God, what does He want? Maybe He wants something from you. Seek Him.
– If there is a God, are you living the life He would want you to live? Why not?
Your children deserve better. Teach them what you believe.
I half suspect the article was written with the public school system in mind – just because the schools outlaw religion doesn’t mean they are raising your children as atheists. That, too, is a bunch of hooey. The public schools are raising left-wing socialist non-believers because the schools are run by left-wing socialist non-believers. Of course they’re trying to turn your children into atheists. If you don’t believe them, ask them what they learned today.