5 ways to make your family hate church

Read this on a blog recently, and I thought I’d pass it on to our par­ents and families.

1. Make sure your faith is only some­thing you live out in public

Go to church… at least most of the time. Make sure you agree with what you hear the preacher say, and affirm on the way home what was said espe­cially when it has to do with your kids obey­ing, but let it stop there. Don’t read your bible at home. The pas­tor will say every­thing you need to hear on Sun­days. Don’t engage your chil­dren in ques­tions they have con­cern­ing Jesus and God. Live like you want to live dur­ing the week so that your kids can see that duplic­ity is ok.

2. Pray only in front of people

The only times you need to pray are when your fam­ily is over, Hol­i­day meals, when some­one is sick, and when you want some­thing. Besides that, don’t bother. Your kids will see you pray when other peo­ple are watch­ing, no need to do it with them in private.

3. Focus on your morals

Make sure you insist your kids be hon­est with you. Let them know it is the right thing for them to do, but then feel free to lie in your own life and dis­re­gard the need to tell them and oth­ers the truth. Get very angry with your chil­dren when they say words that are “naughty” and “bad”, but post, read, watch, and say what­ever you want on TV, Face­book, and Twit­ter. Make sure you focus on being a good per­son. Be ambigu­ous about what this means.

4. Give finan­cially as long as it doesn’t impede your needs

Make a big deal out of giv­ing at church. Stress the need to your chil­dren the value of tithing, while not giv­ing sac­ri­fi­cially your­self. Allow them to see you spend a ton of money on what you want, while negat­ing your com­mand from scrip­ture to give sacrificially.

5. Make church com­mu­nity a pri­or­ity. As long as there is noth­ing else you want to do

Hey, you are a church going fam­ily, right? I mean, that’s what you tell your friends and fam­ily any­ways. Make sure you attend on Sun­days. As long as you didn’t stay up too late Sat­ur­day night. Or your fam­ily isn’t hav­ing a big bar-b-que. Or the big game isn’t on. Or this week you just don’t feel like it. Or… I mean, you are church going fam­ily so what’s the big deal?

from: http://theresurgence.com/2011/03/26/5-ways-to-make-your-kids-hate-church


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