You are forcing them to learn about what YOU THINK is the proper way to worship...
This is the parents responsibility, their job, their duty, not the childs.
You're insane. When it is a decision that will effect the eternal condition of their soul, you are danged right that it is going to involve the child. Gamble with your own life, not your child's.
Ah, youth, so full of vigor, so short on knowledge and understanding, lacking wisdom from experience.
I remember once thinking I knew more than everyone older than me. I also remember thinking I knew more about what was best for me than my parents. Boy was I stupid back then. I actually had a talk with my oldest about this very thing yesterday.
What I have found best to deal with attitude (with this specific child) when it gets a little too big is to ask a simple question, knowing I will get a short and simply answer, then I toss in all of the variables which are likely to occur. Once I see in the facial expression of total confusion and silence lingers in the air for a moment, I end with, “Or, you could just trust me and not have to worry about all that other stuff.” These discussions usually end with a recharge of, “Dad Knows Best” (You should watch that show, it’s a ringer) and a few months of an obedient child.
James, I like you, at least in the best way a person can on the internet. You seem to be a very intelligent and thoughtful young man. The problem is, you have far too much attitude and arrogance and nothing to back either up in the real world. Take it from someone who had to learn some tough lessons the hard way, it’s a very bad combination. As a parent, I feel confident in saying, “You don’t know Jack.” As your internet friend, I feel confident in saying, “You may not know as much as you think you know.” Either way, the choices you make are yours and yours alone, but I have a bad feeling you listen to what you want to hear and ignore the rest when you have no idea what you are talking about.
Lastly, you will understand if there was no impact in your accusation of my sanity. Let’s just leave it that.