I heard someone say a few days ago, “See, that just goes to show you that you can raise your kids in church all you want to, but…” and it literally shattered my heart. All because that kid had made a mistake. All because that kid’s sin was brought to light. Let me just tell you…We don’t raise our kids in church so they can grow up perfect. We don’t raise our kids in church because it magically makes them unable to sin or holier-than-thou.

We do however raise our kids in church:

So that WHEN they mess up and WHEN they fall short, they know just who to run to.

So that they know that their Lord and Savior will NEVER leave nor forsake them no matter how big or small their mess up might be.

So that they know their Heavenly Father will always leave the 99 if they are that ONE that needs saving.

So that they will know what grace is like and give it out freely.

So that they will know the unconditional love of their Father and love those around them just the same regardless of anything else.

So that they know that there is absolutely NOTHING in this world they could do that our Saviors blood hasn’t already covered.

I will never apologize for raising my children in church. I will never apologize for making sure our family makes church a priority over anything else. Because it’s more than just a song and a sermon. It’s more than just a memorized Bible verse in Sunday School. It’s for when this cruel world we live in comes knocking on their door, they personally know the solid rock on which they stand. It’s so they know there is nothing too dirty, that He can’t make worthy.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)

– Anonymous