Connect the dots parenting

A few years ago, CNN ran an article exploring a new book called Almost Christian by Kendra Creasy Dean. (Check out the full article: “Author: More teens becoming ‘fake’ Christians,” by John Blake, CNN.)

Dean’s research into the state of Christian faith among American teens sounds fascinating. But the part of the article that jumps out at me most strongly is a set of paragraphs discussing one of the key factors in a teen developing a vital and active faith.

It’s a parent factor. And it has nothing to do with sending your kids to church.

Check this excerpt from the CNN article:

“…parents who perform one act of radical faith in front of their children convey more than a multitude of sermons and mission trips.

“…But it’s not enough to be radical — parents must explain ‘this is how Christians live,’ she says.

“‘If you don’t say you’re doing it because of your faith, kids are going to say my parents are really nice people,’ Dean says. ‘It doesn’t register that faith is supposed to make you live differently unless parents help their kids connect the dots.’”

Now I’ve seen plenty of people with a vital faith whose parents didn’t have one at all. And I’ve seen parents with a radical faith whose kids didn’t. It’s not a guaranteed equation by any means. But it got me thinking. Want to join in? Here are the questions I’m curious about:
Did you ever see your parent/s perform an “act of radical faith?” Did they connect the dots? If so, how? Has that affected your own faith?

If you’re a parent, have you ever performed an “act of radical faith” in front of your kids? Did you connect the dots? If so, how?

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