A little old lady was amazed at how nice the young man was next door. Everyday he would help her gather things from her car or help her in her yard. One day the old lady finally ask the young man, "son, how did you become such a fine young man". The young man replied, "well, when I was a boy, I had a drug problem". The old lady was shocked, "I can’t believe that". The young man replied, "it’s true, my parents drug me to Sunday School and church on Sunday morning, drug me to church for youth meetings and drug me to church my confirmation class."
THAT is a drug problem that more of our youth need today. Parents that care enough to drag them to church! When we first place our children on a swing, we don't expect them to be able to swing, so we push them and they love it! Then they learn you to swing on their own. We need to do the same thing with Sunday School, church and youth meeting attendance--push them until they learn to joy of doing it on their own.
Many churches across the nation are seeing a loss of young people in their services and the reason that they are falling to come is not the young people, but their parents! Now, just because you do all the right things doesn't mean that there will never be any problems with your kids, but if we fail to do the right things, how can we blame the youth when they no longer find any relevance in the church? Sports and other activities have encroached on the time that was historically set aside for church. So, what do we do? I believe that if all the parents who held a strong belief in the importance of church attendance all took a stand and said, "my kid won't be available on Sundays until after 2:00 PM," there would be a change. Teams wouldn't want to forfeit games because of lack of players, so the times would change. Preachers can't affect this change, but parents can!
It comes down to this. If we want to see our children grow to love the Lord and His church, we (as parents) have to make sure that it is a priority for us and them!