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How can I win my parents???

Submitted: 3/26/2007
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Question: Is it wrong to pray that others change their ways and come to church? My parents don't exactly believe how I do (which is Apostolic). What should I go, because I would do ANYTHING to get them into my church!!! How can I handle this...I'm only 13!! It is VERY hard.....Thanks so much!!!

Answer: We suggest that you live out your faith as consistently and with as much enthusiasm as you can at this point in your life. The changes your parents see in you will be a powerful witness of the reality of the Lord. You should talk to them about what you believe on those occasions when they seem open, but don't badger them or constantly preach to them. Let the quality of your Christian life be your primary witness. We are reminded of 1 Peter 3:1-2, which says, 'Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives (NIV). Even though this passage is addressing the way a wife can win her unsaved husband, we think the same approach can be applied to young people in your situation. You must treat your parents respectfully and be submissive toward them. Through this your testimony will gain great power to influence them. You may also try to get them connected with some adults in your assembly who are close to the same age. Invite them to events such as church picnics and other informal settings where they can rub shoulders with the people in your church. And, of course, keep praying for them. And pray that God would give you clear direction in this important mission.