Teaching the defense of the faith is teaching God’s truth- really, they go hand in hand. See this as a helmet needed to protect them from secular culture which seems to be gaining dominance.
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
This verse encourages me to teach and instruct my children properly about all things Biblical including the defense of the faith. Not only did Abraham love and obey God, he taught his children to do so too. Irrespective of every other responsibility he had, he knew that If he failed to groom his children in the knowledge and ways of the Lord, he would have failed woefully as a father.
Knowing this, here is why we need to teach apologetics to our children:
- The Bible instructs us to. Severally in the Bible, we see that knowledge is key in proclaiming and defending the faith. A few weeks ago, I mentioned 1 Peter 3:15 but it does not stop there. We have 2 Timothy 2:25-26, Luke 2:14-15, 2 Timothy 4: 1-4, Titus 1:9
- Defense of the faith if properly taught, enables children to think well. Because people scrutinize the Christian faith, we have to teach our children to think and detect fallacies as well as carry out sound investigation. We have an example in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 where Paul commended the Bereans and called them ‘noble’ because they would always search the scriptures to see if what Paul was saying was in fact the truth.
- Learning to defend the faith gives children a firm foundation. As Morgan Ferrer puts it, we can fortify their spiritual foundation. If we do not do this, they can be wrecked because there are wolves out there seeking to snatch them from the faith.
So, let me know in the comments if anyone has ever challenged the validity and reliability of your faith. Did you know how to respond?