A Friend of mine posted this question. I would love your feedback:
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
I felt inspired to share that today. I get a lot of push back on how exercising my faith and teaching the Gospel to my children violates their rights and challenges their eternal gift of agency …
To that, at least lately, I have replied with Joshua’s prolific response to what I believe was a similar circumstance in his day. It may be a little known fact that, while requiring those that live under your roof to at least participate in faith-based family functions May initially he argued as a violation of a child’s freedom of religion, it is also and inalienable portion of my first amendment rights under the Constitution as an adult voting member of this country, believe it or not. Among the right to freedom of speech afforded by the First Amendment, it also affords a citizen to raise their family and the religion of their choice so long as that does not hinder the freedom of another to do the same.
What are your thoughts? Is this a case-by-case or even Child by child decision? Is it foolish to think in One Direction or the other, meaning, should it be totally the child’s prerogative whether or not they attend church or read their scriptures or participate and family prayer or Gospel Hour? likewise, is it equally foolish to require all family members to attend church and family scripture study and family prayer time at the end of the day, etc etc etc?