From our friends at Focus on the Family
My eyes unexpectedly caught a colorful, professionally printed poster hanging in the church: “Atheists have a national holiday!”
Then I read the punchline: “April Fools’ Day!” Haha.
While most people moved past the poster without a second thought, I stood still in front of it, riveted, with a surprising twist in my gut. The mocking tone tapped into something that had once made me sad — being shut down and dismissed by my church community while I wrestled with serious doubts about my faith.
During my teen years, I’d gone through a period of significant questioning that led to 13 years of atheism. I was able to make my way back to the foot of the Cross, but my years without faith left me with a heart for those who doubt, who have unpopular questions, whose mounting frustrations may render them intense and off-putting to others.
If your teen has declared that he’s done with God, it can feel like an explosion in your home. There may be anger, arguments, and fear. Let’s put your understandable fears in a box for the moment and talk about how you, as a parent, might better navigate these waters.