How Carrie Underwood Will Raise Her Son as a Christian with a ‘Loving Heart’

10/19/2015 at 04:05 PM ET

Country star (and new mom!) Carrie Underwood opens up about body issues, breast-feeding struggles, and how she makes her marriage work. Subscribe now for exclusive family photos and an inside look into how she’s adjusting to motherhood, only in PEOPLE!

She is seven months into motherhood, and Carrie Underwood feels like she’s in a good groove when it comes to the day-to-day routine of diaper changes, bathtime and the nightly ritual of reading children’s Bible stories with her son Isaiah Michael and husband Mike Fisher.

Proud of her Christian faith — a decorative sign in her Tennessee cabin quotes Romans 3:25 (“Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”) — the “Jesus Take the Wheel” singer, 32, is also on the record as a supporter of gay marriage.

And although Isaiah is still little, she and Fisher have discussed what they plan to teach him on the subject.

Carrie Underwood son Isaiah People cover
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The new parents want their 7-month-old son to “have a loving heart toward people who are different,” the Grammy winner, whose new album Storyteller is out Oct. 23, tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story.

“Mike and I talk about teaching him how to approach everybody in a loving way, even if they’re not the same, and to try to say, ‘You know what? God loves them, so it should be my job to do my best to love them as well.’ ”

Carrie Underwood son Isaiah People cover
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Growing up in a conservative Christian home in Oklahoma, “there was a lot about church that was really scary to a child who can’t understand it all,” she says.

“We want to go to church, not just for lessons and learning, but also to have a community and be surrounded by people who are just trying to raise their kids up good. Keeping everything as loving as possible, you know?”

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For much more of Carrie Underwood’s intimate interview and exclusive personal photos, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Michelle Tauber

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Allie on

She’s so cute, but man she wears a ton of makeup, it’s like a full mask.

guest on

Beautiful inside and out…love Carrie she is a GREAT ROLE MODEL and we have so few of those among famous people!! Way to go Carrie and Mike!

Kiedy Silniejsza on

I know, right, lets teach him to be nice to the different people. Cause after all Carrie Underwood is the standard for normal.

The fact is we are all the fucking same. And she needs to acknowledge that first in order to teach it. As if her children would not figure out that on their own.

All this article does is allow her to keep her fucked up constructs while catering to the different people.

Fucking idiot

Anonymous on

Don’t need religion to be a good person.

Jean on

Church is scary for all.

Sassymom on

Way to go Carrie Underwood.

Kiedy Silniejsza on

So let me get this straight, she is going to teach her children how to be nice to the different people. Cause after, they were born into normal and can’t see their privilege, but must make a point to. Ummmmmm sounds like more bulllshit to me. Nothing condescending about the tolerance of another’s personal contracts. Nothing.

Carrie, ur hot, you can sing. That’s it.

cBlack on

One would think having a “Loving Heart” would be one of those things that are inherently with being a Christian… But we have seen different!

Sue on

Wow, calm down. She’s just trying say even though she’s Christian, she’s not against gays. Whereas you people are making it clear that you are just plain against Christians. How’s that tolerance for you?

Debbie on

And this is why I love animals more then people..the comments below prove to me how something so genuine from the heart can be so taken out of context…I think she meant to love everyone no matter what and as usual the bashing starts…..tell me and I say this alot because its it hard to breathe so high up on your pedestals..I cant imagine being as perfect as you think you are…I’m so jealous I can hardly breathe…not!

Anonymous on

Carrie is a true inspiration and role model to fans. Based on that, I can only imagine what an amazing mother she is to her beautiful baby. I find everything she said very touching and something we all should strive to do with or without God in our lives.

Debbie, great comment!

Brandy on

I just hope she doesnt teach him to support gay marriage, That is completely against God, Sorry if I make anyone mad but Gods word is what Christians believe !

Kim on

Carrie is so fake and arrogant but shes no Christian, She supports one of the worst sins according to the Bible, Gay marriage , God says a marriage is between 1 man and 1 woman, end of story

Kim on

where is my comment

Karla on

Nice to hear she wants teach her son to approach everybody in a loving way, she is a good role model.

Sue on

Kim, a sin is a sin. There are no worst sins. Each one is condemnable. Each person is equally accountable to God. It’s a losing battle for everyone and that’s why we all need forgiveness. Just acknowledging a sin as sin does not put you in the clear. You should worry about forgiveness for your own sins.

Jill on

Does this mean Carrie will be taking her child to church as no one in Nashville has ever seen Carrie at a church

Daisy on

Pick one. Christian. Loving Heart. They don’t work together.

Sue on

Daisy it was Christians who formed hospitals, orphanages, the Red Cross, the list goes on. That was a very extreme, hostile, and very unloving statement. It is wrong of you to hate a whole group of people based on their religion. Aren’t you doing what I’m assuming you’re accusing Christians of doing – judging and condemning each and every person in a particular group?

Jayleen on

@Daisy, your comment is just pathetic. Obviously you and others judge Christians by the actions of those that use their religion as a platform for hate and intolerance. Not all Christians are like that. Quit trying to paint an entire group with the same brush–I’m sure you wouldn’t like to be judged based on the negative actions of others.

jh on

Jill, Carrie is very active in her church. In fact, Carrie and her husband with a group from their church went to Haiti a couple of years ago to help out. Please do your research.

CaseyM on

Love you Carrie! Words to live by.

Vera on

Raise him as a Christian. Don’t let him think for himself. Lets start the brainwashing young!

helene jennings on

Why would I want to post anything here all I read is “Carrie bashing”. So uncalled for! I can’t stand all the negativity. She is such a proper role model and whats wrong with that!

freethinker on

Yeah, let’s be nice to the different people. She talks like they have a disability or something. Christians only see things in black or white. In reality, the spectrum for every part of our being is vast and different for everyone because we all evolved in our own way. We weren’t made in the image of a 100% heterosexual, white male god.

Meredith on

1 Corinthians 13
The Greatest Gift
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Wow on

Carrie, holy hell, I hope you wash your face before you kiss your baby with all that makeup. It is so toxic, alone from pregnancy and our “beauty regimen” made up from makeup, perfume, hair products, newborns born in the US are found to have over 200 toxic compounds found in their cord blood. It only gets worse when we introduce it to them skin to skin. Hope she has done her research for natural beauty products……looking at those scary raccoon eyes, I doubt it very much.

As for the religion aspect, I don’t bash anyone unless they use their own beliefs to act holier than thou. Frankly, I see those people as irrelevant to society. If you cannot accept change, be kind, and make peace in any situation to any person, I feel bad for you as that is such a tirelessly judgemental and foolish way to live IMO and it is that behavior and mindset that keeps war at the forefront no matter what we have done in history. Quite frankly hatred and fear are the ugliest “sins” of all that leads to the death and destruction our kind. Being gay never killed anyone unless it was someone religious lynching them….

Put it this way, I am highly spiritual. I believe in loving and respecting all forms of life from the grass to the squirrel to people of any color and belief to every single planet in the ever expanding universe. It isn’t easy to accept everyone, if you’ve had a junkie father and a childhood molester you know it isn’t easy, but guess what? What can I do about it? What would make it better? Nothing but acceptance , forgiveness, and love. Hatred and judgement never healed any wounds, just made them deeper. I didn’t need religion to teach me that, it is innate within all of us to feel God and the beauty of the energy and soul he allows our vessels to be filled with. To me, God or w.e you feel comfortable calling Him, doesn’t need church or long man-distorted versions of his Word to love us and hold us dear in his Heart of hearts. He made us all exactly the way we are meant to be, He makes no mistakes, just gives us oppurtunities to do the right thing and love all our siblings. It isn’t our place to judge anyone as we would all be giant hypocrites.

Like Carrie, I will teach my children to love and respect all people from all walks of life. I would love my children no less if they turned out to be gay, les, trans, drag, w.e. and I pray that everyone else follows suit because if my child ever has to cry due to the fact of parents teaching their children to be cruel, especially if it is religion based, you can guarantee no prayer will keep me from turning your life upside down in turn. We’d both need to be asking forgiveness by the time it’s settled.

Wow on

Beautifully stated Meredith!
Copying and pasting immediatly after this as it shall be printed and hung several places in our home and kept safely in my heart.

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