The Resurgence has posted a fantastic article on “The Danger of Moralistic Parenting”. Brief and direct, it is definitely worth reading. It’s an adaptation of a section from “Give them Grace” by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson (Crossway Books, 2011). In the article they push back against things like “Turning God into Santa”, “Teaching Good Manners Instead of Salvation”, and the Bible being taught as though it were fairy tales.
One very helpful passage says,
This isn’t the gospel; we’re not handing down Christianity. We need much less of Veggie Tales and Barney and tons more of the radical, bloody, scandalous message of the God-man crushed by his Father for our sin.
Do your family a favor and take the time to read the whole article.