Never a Hypocrite
Some parents are terrified when their children question the authority of the Scriptures or have questions about various things we believe as Christians. But I don’t think it’s a horrible thing when children start asking the hard questions. Skepticism isn’t necessarily a sign that a person is wrong; it may be a sign that he or she is thinking.
Christian parents need to answer their children’s questions and help them work through those things. Sooner or later, children will have to grow up. They will have to find out for themselves who God is.
If you were raised in a Christian home, thank God for that legacy. But some people have been raised in Christian homes where there was a lot of hypocrisy. Maybe their parents argued all the time, or there were other problems. This is very disillusioning to a young person, who may say, "My parents talked about God all the time and couldn’t live it out. It’s all a bunch of nonsense." They base their views of God on their parents.
I am not excusing Christian parents who have not been good examples to their children. But I am saying that even if your mom or dad blew it, even if someone you looked up to blew it, don’t base your view of God on what that person did or did not do. You need to find out for yourself who God is.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says, "[The LORD] is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice; righteous and upright is He."
Don’t base your view of God on someone who may have misrepresented Him. God is who He is. He is faithful. He is perfect. He is flawless. And He never will be a hypocrite.
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