I was reading an artical by Collin Hansen in Leadership Journal called, "5 Myths About Emerging Adult Faith". As I read through it, myth number two stood out to me and I wanted to pass it on to you.
"Emerging adults reject their parents' religious influence."
"As children approach the teenage years, their parents anticipate conflict. Because many parents worry about dragging their teens to church against their will, many resign themselves to parental irrelevance. Yet Smith and Snell find that most emerging adults fall into their parents' religious patterns one way or another. Still, parents are slow to realize they need to change how they relate to foster maturity and independence.
"'So just at the time when teenagers most need engaged parents to help them work out a whole series of big questions about what they believe, think, value, feel, are committed to, and want to be and become, in many cases, their parents are withdrawing from them,' Smith and Snell lament."
PARENTS: Hang in there as you continue to raise your kids to love Jesus. Don't give up. Keep pressing on. We're praying for you.