Do some kids rebel when they hit 18? You bet, chances are they would rebel no matter what. Rebels rebel and they look for things to rebel against. It’s just part of that old sinful nature that they hold on to. I still have to fight rebellion because I don’t like rules and regulations.
Much could be straightened out if parents sat down and talked about the importance of a relationship with Jesus Christ and how that relationship should grow and how there are certain spiritual habits, or disciplines if you will, that help us grow. Not a lecture but a but a real conversation. Connected in a church is one of those habits. Parents need to share from their heart, not from their head.
Could it be that some kids bristle up at the fact that their parents force them to go to church because mom or dad have never sat down and talked about the importance of a growing healthy relationship with Jesus Christ?
Ultimately what does God’s Word teach us about parents shepherding their child?
My goal as a parent is to obey God’s Word and teach my children and then trust in God to do the rest, even if that means holding on to Him if my child rebels. My first priority is to please God. My family comes after that priority but if I’m truly living to please God then I will do the right things for and with my family.
God will hold me accountable for training up my children in the way they should go.
God will hold my children accountable for what they do with that training.