Whatever the reasons, when parents don't make their kids go to church, I am certain they are doing so out of protection. I have no doubt that the decision is well-meaning. It's not that they are saying that God isn't important. They are saying that religion isn't important to know God. But here's the problem.
In each of these three life lessons I have learned that connecting to that greater force I call God puts me right where I need to be. When life is rolling along without much effort, don't forget to be thankful. Let your cup fill up and overflow. Share your gifts with others, count your blessings, and thank God for this miracle called life.