“Will you always believe in Jesus, Mama?"


Part of me wishes I could offer him the certainty of fundamentalism I learned as a child, that I could just pressure him into faith by making him afraid of hell and the possibility that Jesus is coming back at any moment. It would feel a lot more secure to hear my child assert, "Jesus is the one true God" instead of "I want to become a Buddhist." Yet I know at it was these realities that nearly destroyed my faith when I discovered there was a bigger world, and I won't do that to my son. If Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world, then he is also the Savior of my children. I can teach them about him. I can bring his Love into our home.

I wonder how I will handle these types of conversations with my son.

Ted C. Howard @ted