When you make this claim, you are labeled narrow-minded and intolerant. It causes you to stand out in a culture that has been molded and shaped by a postmodern mindset that says there is no absolute truth.
Our children are growing up in a rebirth of Judges 21 where "everyone did what was right in their own eyes." Everyone is the author of their own truth. What is right for you is right for you and what is right for me is right for me.
The problem with this...there was a man named Jesus who claimed to be the Son of God. He claimed to be the way, the truth and the life...the only way to eternal life. If you believe His words, then He calls you to swim against the culture described above.
The tide of the culture is very, very strong. It's increasingly hard to swim against. How can we prevent children from being swept away by it?
We must anchor children to God's Word. We must be very intentional about teaching children what the Bible says about eternal life. Scripture is very clear that Jesus is the one and only way to eternal life. The integrity of Scripture cannot be edited by trends.
We must anchor children to "why" Jesus is the only way to eternal life. Apologetics for kids? For sure. We must show kids the evidence that proves Jesus rose from the dead while every other person who has claimed to be the way to eternal life lies dead in their grave.
We must anchor children to Jesus. Jesus claimed to be the one and only way to eternal life. And He proved it time and time again by fulfilling key prophecies, performing miracles and ultimately rising from the dead. When kids have a growing relationship with the living Savior, the wedges the culture tries to drive between that relationship will be futile.
We must anchor children to love. If we are going to see children not just survive, but thrive spiritually in the culture, we must teach them to speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15 says this is how a mature believer shares the truth. Not in anger...not with spite...not with a picket sign...not by being overbearing...not by arguing...but in love. This will open doors for children to effectively share the truth with their generation.
The heart and soul of the next generation is at stake. This is for keeps. Let's be diligent to point kids to the narrow road that leads to eternal life.