Sometimes "bad theology" can be synonymous with "Dad theology". It usually goes something like this; Dave and his son Jake are in the car on their way to the sporting goods store to get some football cleats when Jake, abruptly but innocently, asks, "Dad, did God create the world?" Dave, in his wisdom smiles and answers, "Yes He did, son. He created everything", to which Jake replies, "Why?"
Ten seconds before Jake asked the question Dave considered this a conversation he could handle, but his smugness quickly turned into a panic somewhat reminiscent of reaching down to tie your shoes and feeling your pants rip. Dave swallowed hard and began his attempt at answering Jake's question, "Well, uh, son. You know... I mean... well, God was lonely up there in Heaven and needed some company. Now, what do you say, should we grab a milkshake on our way home?"
What just happened is happening every day in Christian homes.
Now, I'm not going to say that since every parent doesn't have a Master's degree in Theology all our kids are doomed to a life of spiritual blindness, but I will say that many times "Dad theology" and "Mom Theology" is "Bad Theology", and kids can go years and sometimes even a lifetime believing untruths about the Bible. This will affect their worldview and, in some cases, even turn them away from following Christ.
Think about it.
If a teen asks her Mom why God allows earthquakes to destroy lives and she gives the old cop-out answer, "That's just the way things are", how do you think she's going to view God?
If a sixteen year old boy asks his parents why God gave him sexual desires he's not allowed to act on and the parents brush him off and shame him for asking such a wicked question, what do you suppose his take-away from that conversation is? He could become convinced that God is taunting him and ultimately decide that God is not good. He could believe he's a really bad person for having such desires and begin thinking he's hopeless. He could rightly conclude he can't approach his parents with more questions about sexuality and re-direct his questions to his peers, to himself, and to the Google machine.
The dangers are abundant, yet many parents don't spend more than five minutes a day studying their Bibles, and many parents don't have a consistent prayer life. Parents, what are we doing to our kids? Sometimes we're more concerned about how many points they scored in a basketball game than how their relationship is with their Creator! It's our responsibility to raise disciples of Christ and I want to encourage us all to be diligent in studying the Bible for answers to the questions our kids ask.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." - 2 Timothy 2:15