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Navigating the Secular Tide: Embracing Truth to Secure Our Children’s Future

Lost in secular waters

Children from Christian homes are being confounded, confused, and corrupted by secularism. Floundering in the muddied waters of humanistic indoctrination, many aren’t embracing biblical truth. Tragically, two out of three leave the church when they’re young adults.

Do we want our children to know God’s truth and live it out daily? If we do, we can’t continue to send them to secular teachers to be taught and raised in the ways of the world. We become what we learn (cf. Luke 6:40). It’s time for change; we must reclaim and reboot the pursuit of truth to secure our children’s future.

Remembering our roots

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana. The literal translation is, “It is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” It’s a reminder to remember the past to make positive progress in the future.

Many families and churches seem to have forgotten their obligation to prioritize the quest for truth. Faith flourishes when we think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, (and whatever) is excellent or praiseworthy” Philippians 4:8. If we want children to embrace truth and have solid relationships with the Lord, we must take full responsibility for how, where, why, when and what they learn.

If we want children to embrace truth and have solid relationships with the Lord, we must take full responsibility for how, where, why, when and what they learn. Click To Tweet

Navigating the secular tide

Opposing worldviews are the ground zero of spiritual warfare. The battle for the hearts and minds of our children gets down to who controls the narrative. Secularism has discarded truth for lies, half-lies and quarter-lies. The worst of human avarice is tolerated or promoted. The LGBTQ agenda redefines identities. And social engineering is now a nightmare of cataclysmic consequences.

Do Christian children have the insight and understanding to distinguish between right and wrong? Most Christian parents don’t teach their children a Christian worldview. They’re more concerned with their children’s mental health, access to opportunities, character development and nutrition than their faith formation. As American author and researcher Ed Stetzer says, “When self-identifying Christians are not able to say that faith is a priority for parenting, we should not be surprised at the prevalence of church dropouts in the younger generation.”

What are local churches doing to stem the onslaught of agnosticism? Kidmin events are usually fun and games but do little to help children learn to think biblically and critically. Postmodern utopianism corrupts truth and morality. Yet most youth groups aren’t adequately equipping young adults to navigate the hazards of a world that rejects rationality, objectivity, and universal truth.

Kidmin events are usually fun and games but do little to help children learn to think biblically and critically. Click To Tweet

The urgency of truth

When God’s Word isn’t imprinted on our children’s hearts, they adopt the voices, values, and vices of their secular neighbours. Theology isn’t mythology. Nor is truth the declarations or decrees of the brainwashed throng. Common sense seems to be in short supply. The odds are against children forming a Christian worldview when they’re consigned to public schools. When human reason is detached from divine revelation, “endarkenment,” not enlightenment, is the tragic outcome. If we send our children to the State for their education, we shouldn’t be surprised when they return home as secularists.

One of the Church Fathers, Clement of Alexandria, said, “Truth is one.” His insight reminds us that truth originates in the “one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” Ephesians 4:6. Truth matters because it comes from God. What comes from God is for our good. Because truth is for our good, our enemy Satan uses the philosophies and ideologies of the world to deconstruct it.

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Securing our children’s future

Truth is revealed to us by God’s Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10-14). By excluding the spiritual dimensions of reality, secularization has abandoned truth. When truth is abandoned, so too is tolerance, dignity and freedom.

But all is not lost! “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31b.

Let’s raise a standard for our children to the triumph of truth. Let’s speak up and speak out the truth. With the intentionality that comes from reordering our values and priorities, let’s believe in and stand for children embracing truth. We trigger future outcomes by today’s decisions. To develop a Christian worldview, our children’s studies and life experiences must be informed and directed by parents and teachers who uphold God’s Word and pursue godly virtue.

We have an obligation to this generation and those to come. Important questions must be asked and answered. Is truth imperative? Why should children be schooled in truth? Should truth be embodied by parents and pastors alike? And why should children living out the truth be the ultimate test of good teaching?

To develop a Christian worldview, our children's studies and life experiences must be informed and directed by parents and teachers who uphold God's Word and pursue godly virtue. Click To Tweet

British Wesleyan Methodist minister Samuel Chadwick said, “Spiritual truth is spiritually discerned.” So, let’s stop worrying about what our secular friends and relatives think about us. Let’s love the truth to know the truth. And, as we reclaim and reboot a Christian worldview for our children, let’s take truth as our guide, trusting the One who is Truth to lead us aright.

This article is more theological than practical. Please use the comments below to suggest hands-on ways to help children, youth, and families embrace God’s truth and live it out.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for this article, it’s a pending matter in my heart. I have been thinking about this for a long time and am glad seeing you air it out. I believe Jesus is set to so renew all things and I will be part of the reformation in the lives of the children.

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