Trading in picture-perfect faith for authentic experience
with Jesus BY REBECCA GREGOIRE LINDENBACH
When Patrick went off to university, he got involved in drinking,
drugs, sex and even vandalism.
Then there’s Shiloh. Shiloh’s
parents were dedicated to making
sure their children grew up to be
good Christian men and women.
They chauffeured their kids to
youth groups, prayed together as a
family every day and all read their
Bibles together every morning before breakfast.
Patrick grew up in the perfect Christian family. His dad was on the elders’ board, his mom ran all the fundraisers, and the
kids volunteered to help with summer camp community programs.
They led small groups in their
home, sent their children to youth
conferences and did family devotions together at dinner.
And Shiloh, throughout high
school, struggled with her faith,
resented her parents and got involved with underage drinking.
Why did these perfect Christian
families have kids who rebelled?
“PERFEC T” FAITH
Three years ago I wrote a blog post
on my mother’s blog about why I
didn’t rebel as a teenager. It went