Christian parents are often hesitant to feed into the consumer mentality of their children. However, without meaning to do so, they often do just that. It’s not often in what we GIVE to our kids, but by what we allow them to DICTATE.
“My daughter doesn’t like his Sunday School class” so I don’t make him go.
Parents, there will come a day when our children won’t like something and will have to do it anyways because it is beneficial. I don’t LIKE going to the dentist but I do it
because it will benefit my overall health.
“My son says the youth group has weird kids in it.” We don’t make him go because there’s no one there he hangs around. We sure don’t want our kid (who is
absolutely cool in every way) to hang around anyone who is different. There will come a day when my child is called upon to be a leader and must lead all sorts/types of people. Learning to relate to ANYONE is the way we form relationships and are able to share Jesus.
What if we only shared Jesus with the cool kids?
Parents, it is up to us to model for our kids that church (and all of life) is NOT ABOUT US. “you must deny yourself” (Matthew 16:24) Jesus’ words make it clear that living life as a consumer and expecting to serve Him won’t work out.
BUT......as a parent, my life is much easier when my kids are happy.
Could it be then that the reason I give into “have it your way” types of thinking with my kids is because, ultimately my life is easier?
I don’t have to listen to whining.
I don’t have to negotiate or plead my convince them as to why they should go.
Could consumer mentality begin with me?
How about you, church leader: how have you seen consumer mentality creep into your ministry?
How about you, Christian parent: how have you battled a consumer mentality in your family when it comes to church?
***DISCLAIMER: I think church should be FUN. I believe wholeheartedly in Sue Miller’s philosophy that church should be “the most exciting hour of a kids week.” Do I think that all kids will connect with all teachers/leaders? No. Do I think that all youth groups are full of weird kids? No. Do I think that kids should still go anyways? Yes.