The older I get the more I hear of people who 'do' church for their kids, yet church has no real impact on the rest of their lives. The irony is that the children who are forced to attend church as kids pretty quickly decide that since church doesn't mean much to Dad and Mom it doesn't need to mean much to them either . . . and so they justifiably quite the whole deal.
The whole 'go-to-church-because-that's-what-you-probably-should-do' is a pretty dumb idea. I mean, let's be real here, church as a hobby is a pretty lame hobby. I can think of lots of things to do that are more fun than going to just just because you have to.
In an upcoming post I'll reveal what I think is the purpose of church, but I'd love to hear from you in the meantime.