Many Americans are growing up without a belief in God. According to Pew Research, 4% of adults in the United States say they are atheists while 5% call themselves agnostics.
Religion is still pretty central to the lives of many people, but atheism and agnosticism are on the rise all over the world. If you want your children to grow up with deep faith, here are some tips that can help you out.
Fun Religious Activities
Religion, and learning about it, does not have to be confined in a church or a temple. You can make excursions wherein your child can see and interact with the places and items mentioned in the scripture.
You can go to Israel, for example, where they will get to step right onto the sites where miracles happened a long time ago. You can book LDS Holy Land tours from travel agencies to bring you to Jerusalem.
Look for opportunities where your child can be around fellow religious kids. There are typically youth camps held by religious organizations in every country.
These activities will grant your child a deeper connection with religion. They will believe that, instead of a responsibility or a chore, religion is a part of their history and their life.
Read The Bible Together
Do not make reading the Bible a homework that they have to do because you said so. Instead, make it an opportunity to spend time and bond with your child.
Read the Bible together before they sleep or at any time during the day. This will also give you an opportunity to explain any passage that they may not understand. You can also ask them how they can implement the teachings of Christ into their daily lives.
While the church will guide you, learning and loving religion should begin at home.
Attend Mass Regularly
Far too many people call themselves Christian but refuse to attend service. However, it is essential for you to do so because it guides you to the right path and puts you in a room with other believers.
By regularly going to church, you create a habit that your child will be able to carry well into adulthood. You give them a place where they can commune with the Lord if they ever feel lost.
Invite Your Child to Serve Others
A huge part of being a Christian is to help those who are in need. Just like Jesus Christ, you should also partake in activities where you can interact with the sick and the homeless to offer them a helping hand. You can volunteer your time and energy to charitable organizations and do not hesitate to involve your children, no matter how young or old they may be.
You can also instill generosity by encouraging them to donate clothes and toys that they no longer use to the less fortunate.
Be a Good Example
Your child looks up to you for guidance. If they do not see you taking religion and religious activities seriously, they will not value it either.
Set a good example. If you want your child to read the scripture, they have to see you reading it too. If you want them to grow up living based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, you have to be a good person too.
Raising a child who believes in God in a world where religion does not seem to be relevant anymore can be tough. At the end of the day, it still will be their decision if they want to continue being associated with Christianity.