More than half of all Americans believe in the devil, and 8 out of 10 Christians believe in the devil, according to a poll recently featured in the Washington Examiner.
The topic of Satan may seem like a difficult subject for children’s ministries to tackle. But it’s important that we do so, and there’s a right way to do it. Here are three tips to follow when talking to kids about Satan.
1. Keep it age appropriate. This is such a simple step, but it’s so important. When talking about Satan-or any Bible passage for that matter-the key is to keep the discussion at a level your kids will understand. Don’t hide or change facts to try to make the topic more acceptable; instead, put it in such a way that kids can grasp on to the Bible’s truth. Lauren Hunter has an amazing article about how to help kids dive into some of the Bible’s tougher parts. Make sure to check it out before the next time you talk to your kids about Satan and Hell.
2. Don’t scare kids into doing right. There’s no need to go all fire and brimstone on preschool kids. We’ve previously talked about why shaming kids into doing the right thing isn’t the way to go. We don’t want our kids to avoid sin out of fear of punishment from the devil. Instead of scaring kids, help them focus their hearts on God!
3. Spoil the ending. Go ahead and let kids know who’s going to win between God and Satan. Remind kids that God is ultimately in control and that the devil can’t change that fact! Reassure kids that God is the undefeated champ-and always will be!
How do you talk to your kids about the devil? Let us know using the comment section below!