Yesterday, I talked about how important it is to respect the hard questions students ask us about the faith. Once after playing the devil’s advocate with students at a Christian school, a teacher was fuming at me. He said, “Now we’ll have to teach them why the Bible can be trusted!” I replied, “You weren’t planning to do that already?”
Look: the Bible takes seriously the hard questions believers have (just see the Psalms!), and we should too. And I know kids can ask some doozies, like my seven year old did last week. So what do you do?
First, teach students that any question is a good question if asked in the right way. They aren’t sinners to ask. But there is a difference between seekers — who want truth — and mockers — who don’t. Ignoring questions makes mockers out of seekers. Second, use the great sources out there — there are plenty. And, I’ll link to my favorite tough questions websites at thePointRadio.org. I’m John Stonestreet.