My son used to lead the church youth group. For years, my car sported a bumper sticker that read, “My child loves Jesus.” For crying out loud, my son went on mission trips for 10 years. He performed all the correct churchy deeds.
Now who is this person who goes by my son’s name? He is not the same Christian son that I touted to others. He is no longer the child that I pinned my Christian motherly pride upon. Now he is a kid like the ones I used to point to and smugly say, “My boy would never leave the faith like that one did! He loves the Lord.”
“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18)—ah, a lesson harshly learned by this prideful mother. Because he did all the “right” things, I falsely assumed that he knew the Lord Jesus.
However, somewhere between religion and philosophy, my son became bewitched by false teaching. Bewitched by humanism. He no longer felt the need for a crucified Savior. He preferred to do life on his own merit.
“Mom, there is no absolute truth! You can believe those myths, but I am just going to be a good human being.” Oh Lord, teach my son wisdom and truth.
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?—Galatians 3:1–3
Oh Father, I ask that You teach _ the truth of Jesus Christ, the crucified Savior. Remove the foolish teaching from _’s mind. Reveal to my child, _, that good deeds cannot reap the goal of eternal life with You. In Jesus’s name, Amen.
written by Susanne Scheppmann