Introduction to My New Series: Letters For Christian Armour

Letters For Christian ArmourIn my post “Should You Raise Your Kids in a Christian Bubble,” I talked about the difference between wearing a Christian “hat” in life and wearing Christian “armour”. In this analogy, a Christian “hat” is when Christianity is just a belief system attached to you but not at the core of your identity. The Bible calls us, however, to find our entire identity in Christ and to protect our faith as strongly as a soldier preparing for war with full armour (Ephesians 6:10-17):
 
“…Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace…take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” 
 
Since writing that post, I can’t stop thinking about my own experiences in leaving home with a mere Christian “hat” and how lost I felt many times working toward what has now become Christian armour. I certainly hope (and more importantly pray) that the daily application of faith I am striving for with my kids will give them more than a hat to work with. But many of the things that were barriers to my faith development are topics that don’t easily lend themselves to casual conversations nor to verbal explanations. I want to have a way to arm them with deeper thinking on faith issues that won’t necessarily be a by-product of everyday Christian living.
 
To this end, I’ve decided to write my kids a series of letters on faith – maybe 10, maybe 100 – that I will give them when they leave home. If opportunities to discuss them arise sooner than that, I am open to God using them in other ways than I planned. In the meantime, their purpose is quite simply to be a gift from Mommy that will help protect their faith with armour when I am no longer by their side daily.
 
That’s why I’m calling these, “Letters For Christian Armour.”
 
I’m sharing them here on my blog for two reasons:
 
1) These are deep topics that we all struggle with in faith. I pray that by sharing the letters here, there may be some insight, however small, that will touch the faith of readers and/or friends of readers through sharing. I so much appreciate the many of you who click ‘like’ to share posts on Facebook. I believe this series will be especially “shareable” for non-believing friends. You never know who will click through and be impacted.
 
2) I want to encourage you to consider writing your own “Letters For Christian Armour” to your kids. What is it that you want them to know about faith when the going gets tough? What is it that you want to tell them that isn’t necessarily a by-product of your everyday life? If you have a blog yourself, I welcome you to write and publish your own series of “Letters For Christian Armour”. If you do so, please let me know in the comments and post a link to your blog!
 
I hope you enjoy this series.

1 Comment

  1. jay salazar on February 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    sure wish i new then what i no now..im 44 and grew up in a christian home, but i had other plans and Jesus wasn’t was in it. i look at it like this,if i new then what i no now..i wouldn’t have met my wife or have what i have now. i thank God for the now as i am growing farther into a relation with him. once i was child like all of us and influenced hard by my peers. my mom tried hard with me but i fought to have no God in my life. my story is not fully told in detail but was put together with great measure to keep me in writing it. it hurt me all over again but strengthened by the power of Christ Jesus. your doing an amazing thing here and i wanted to share that with you I have a blog but not much going on there, you see we just launched our reach ministry in December 2011. we’re still reaching with God’s help..God Bless You On Your Vision..Jay Salazar