Statistics for children raised in Christian homes abandoning their faith span a range from 75 to 90 percent. It is staggering and sobering when you take that chance and apply it to your child. Say it this way, your child has a 75-90 percent chance of remaining true to the Christian faith to which you raise them. Consider the growing Islamist threat to non-Muslims to convert or die. A beheading in Oklahoma just this week is a stark realization this threat is in mainland America. It is quite well-known colleges not only challenge but teach that any belief in a creator is not only unnatural but unscientific. It’s intellectual suicide. Many seminaries don’t even teach the inerrancy of scripture. Atheism has become a hostile religion. Atheist not only belittle and demean anyone with a faith in a creator being, they are attacking any institution with lawsuits or any means necessary to remove from the public eye any Christian symbol or ideology. Atheists are currently meeting with the IRS to encourage the audit of sermons in churches to make sure they are not violating the law put into place by Lyndon B Johnson (1954) to prevent churches from preaching politics. Hence this Sunday’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday event for pastors to remain true to the Word (Oct. 5, 2014). The enemy is covering all bases when it comes to challenging all authority of God. Are you preparing your child to meet these attacks to their faith?
Many parents suppose their churches are preparing their child to defend their faith, and that just isn’t so. Youth groups spend time in exciting worship venues with great lighting and contemporary music. They talk about life issues, but rarely do they dig into the one thing that supplies the weapon for fighting attacks to your spiritual being. What our children desperately need is the Word of God! Yet, it is not being taught. Enjoying church and being edified by church gatherings are not synonymous. Our church Sunday School curriculums cover various topics but rarely open and study the Word of God. Rather verses are applied here and there to validate an author’s point.
Parents please, heed these verses from Hebrews.
Hebrews 2:1 For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Why do we need to pay close attention? So that we do not drift away. What is living and active? The Word of God! What is the weapon in our spiritual armor? The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
If we want to make up for our weaknesses as fallible human parents, we need to teach our children truth so they can apply it for themselves. The Word of God is truth. If we want to prepare our children for challenging and frightening days ahead, we need to saturate them in the Word of God. We need to saturate ourselves in the Word of God. It has been said in today’s world there is a famine of the Word. Is that surprising when the Bible is as readily available as it is and in as many languages as it is in? What priority does study of the Word have in your life? Much can be said of our theology of any thing if it is not held closely to the measuring line of Scripture. God gave us not only instructions but prophesies of how to prepare in His book. If we care about our children, we will make sure they know it. Isaiah 55:11 states that the word of God will not return void. It will not render empty results. Isn’t that what you want to apply in your parenting?
I am concerned about the days ahead and what is being done to our children’s generation. Marx and Hitler both said give me the youth; the adults are a lost cause. You can teach a new thought and belief system while they are young. Other zealots know that you can use the enthusiasm and passion of the young to your advantage; this is visible in the recent Arab Spring. Make sure your children aren’t duped! They need to be prepared to defend themselves and their belief in the God that will judge us all.
Burning within me,