Day of Dialogue 2014: Is Your Teen Prepared?

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Backpack? Check. Lunch money? Check. Signed permission slip for field trip? Check. You pull up the weather app on your smartphone and notice that it is chilly this morning with a chance of rain. Better make sure she has her sweater and umbrella. Before she walks out the door to catch the bus, you say a short prayer with her, asking for God’s protection and wisdom.

Most parents are familiar with the morning routine of getting your son or daughter ready to face another day at school. You do everything in your power to make sure they are equipped to handle whatever the world may throw at them.

Years ago, a checklist like the one above was all parents needed to ensure their child was prepared for the day ahead. But as our schools become increasingly hostile to Christianity, it is no longer enough. Now, students are more likely to learn how to properly put on a condom than who drafted the Declaration of Independence. They head into a spiritual warzone where their lack of sexual experience is ridiculed, where they are told that their Biblical views are outdated, and where activist groups like Planned Parenthood and the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network freely promote their own agendas in the curriculum.

Yet, in the midst of such turmoil, we continue to see student after student bravely stand against the tide of immorality and speak Truth into the darkness. On Thursday, April 10th, thousands of students across the nation will participate in the Day of Dialogue. They will go to school equipped with the knowledge and resources to speak out about topics such as sexuality, marriage, and bullying from a Biblical perspective. They will explain the dangers associated with causal hookups, pornography, and sex outside of marriage between one man and one woman. And they will guide their classmates towards an understanding of God’s amazing plan for their lives.

They do so because they truly love and care for their friends and classmates. They know that poor decisions about sexuality can have long-term physical, emotional, and psychological consequences. So they speak up to warn them of the dangers ahead and offer a better path for their lives.

If your student is to be counted among the courageous, then it is your duty as a parent to equip them. You must teach them how to stand up for their faith and to present the Bible’s message with love and gentleness. And you must equip them with the knowledge of their constitutional right—the very ones that schools increasingly neglect to teach—to share their faith.

Fortunately, you are not alone in this job. Alliance Defending Freedom stands with you. We encourage you download a copy of our free legal memo that explains your teen’s rights and go through it together as a family. If you find that your teen is told to keep quiet by a principal or teacher, we are here to help. You can speak to one of our attorneys by calling 1-800-835-5233 or by contacting us here.

Visit Focus on the Family to get these Day of Dialogue resources:

  • A free, downloadable Student Guide that provides colorful, infographic steps on how to participate, fun videos, a Conversation-Starter chart, and a quiz on free-speech rights they can share online with friends.
  • A free, downloadable Parent/Pastor Guide that equips parents & youth leaders to share the event with students and also have interactive discussions that encourage youth to proactively think through their Biblical worldview and have confidence in articulating it. Among other things, the Parent/Pastor Guide includes downloadable PowerPoint presentations with accompanying notes and student exercises based on real-life situations.  The guide equips parents and youth leader with easy-to-use steps to lead dynamic, interactive presentations.

Get these guides here.

How have you prepared your teens to have a Biblical worldview? Share your advice for other parents in the comments below.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom