Not that I was walking completely away, I just wasn’t following in the path God would have me to go. I was hard-headed and rebellious to my true calling of God.I had no desire to marry, didn’t exactly want children, and wanted to move out on my own and do my own things later in my life.
For every parent out there, this should be a huge wake-up call. The concept of dating has drifted far from the ideals of God’s ways. For most Christian dads and moms out there, our dating experiences had little roots to any biblical truth. It is quite apparent that our American culture no longer looks to the Bible to establish its moral foundations.
However, by God’s grace, there is a growing movement to raise our next generation of adults with a more God-focused model when it comes to pre-marriage relationships between the opposite sexes. Our public schools attempt to teach character development and reinforce “good” morals apart from any absolutes of right and wrong.
A creative and "out-of-the-box" method to inspire teens and young adults to engage in Bible study is to use Christian books for teens.
Find a Christian fiction book or non-fiction book that addresses their interests and spark them to discover more in God's Word.
Yet, as parents, we can help our children get back on a God-honoring path when it comes to dating.
When I was around the age of 12 – 15 I struggled immensely with my walk with the Lord.In the early preteen years, help her to build a godly foundation for relationships. When your preteen seeks God, the world of dating (and your role as a parent) is a lot less stressful.I recently shared with my older children (17, 20 & 22) that most marriages are defiled before the man or woman have a chance to say, “I do.” In one prominent online study on dating, over 80% of the respondents indicated that they would consent to sex prior to marriage.Notice I did not say what is “right or wrong,” as the principles of right and wrong are no longer valid without absolute morals to establish their foundational basis, and our children get this point all too well.Our youth’s views on dating have just followed this same pathway.Good news: Your teenager can maintain healthy, God-honoring relationships. You have the power to redefine dating for your teenager, using strategies that can help you and your teen to navigate relational waters.