My question is not directed to any Christian, but to those parents who have experienced real salvation. The kind of Christian parents who teach the Bible to their kids, go to church, and live by the Word of God. Why then is it that sometimes their children have little or no interest in spiritual matters?
Well, to answer this question we'll need to go to school, literally:
Every day our kids are entrusted into the hands of a system that operates pretty much like the old Chinese method of torture: Dripping one drop at a time into our children’s brains, drilling into them their "truths" until they believe them. Slow but deadly.
Take a look at what your sons and daughters are being taught in history books:
The historians describe Puritans as people who sought to live their lives in accordance to the teaching of the Bible, people who believed that man existed for the glory of God, whose first concern in life was to do God's will and so receive future rewards*.
In contrast, in the lesson entitled: "What's a Puritan?" (5th grade book) Joy Hakim author of A History of Us describe them this way:
“Puritans came to America to find religious freedom- but only for themselves. One thing they didn't understand at all was the idea of toleration. Pretend you are a Puritan. You think that yours is the only true religion. Suppose you didn't believe in the ideas of that religion. Too bad. You had to keep quiet, leave the country, go to jail, or maybe get hanged”
No wonder your children don't feel like being Christians anymore!
Joy Hakim expresses her opinion about churchgoing in the next Chapter:
"Try and take yourself back to Puritan times, and see what you think of Sunday churchgoing. Those Puritan ministers gave sermons that lasted for hours and hours. A church official held a tickling rod to wake up anyone who looked as if he might be falling asleep. If you were a troublemaker and wiggled and made noise you could get locked up in the town stocks. You'd have to sit there with your hands and feet stuck into a wooden contraption and everyone would make fun of you." (Then Joy Hakim concludes) We know you wouldn't like that kind of life...”
And in this I have to agree with Mrs. Hakim, Who would like that kind of life? But this is, in no way, a true description of a Sunday morning at a Christian church, either an old one or a modern one.
Now let's take a peek at the book "America" A Narrative History by George Brown Tindall and David Emory Shi (11th grade) The authors are describing Fundamentalism in America in 1921:
“Orthodox Christians took on a militant new fundamentalism, which was distinguished less by a faith that many others shared than by a posture of hostility toward any other belief.”
(Talking about the "monkey trial" of July, 10, 1925) “When the judged ruled out scientific testimony, however, the defense called William Jennings Bryan as an expert witness on biblical interpretation. He repeatedly trapped himself in literal-minded interpretations and revealed his ignorance of biblical history and scholarship. He insisted that a "great fish" had swallowed Jonah, that Joshua had made the sun stand still, that the world was created in 4004 B.C. all, according to Darrow, "fool ideas that no intelligent Christian on earth believes"
And if you think these attacks against Christianity are only found in books, let me show you what is being taught in home school lessons:
In the lesson "Echoes of the Past" (online public school) one reads the following so-called“facts” about evangelical religion during 1980's:
“These people (evangelical preachers) preached more to people's heart than their heads”.
“The second Great Awakening was led by men who called upon their listeners at revivals to surrender to the Holy Spirit and enter a trance-like state.”
Like Joy Hakim, many "historians" had set themselves a goal: to dirty the testimony of Christians and mislead our children to believe Christianity is a religion of hate, intolerance and repression.
This is are just a few examples of the many I have found in textbooks and even school tests, all of them subtly hidden. It would be great if it ended there, but it does not. Science is plagued with evolutionist ideas, disregarding our Creator. English lessons in high school contain mixed messages where loyalty to family is a threat while a self-centered life is encouraged. Can you see the danger in all of this?
The Bible tells us to be aware and pray without ceasing; given the present times I couldn't agree more.
I encourage you to read what your children are reading at school and check on their library books once in a while. You'll be surprised at the amount of anti-Christian literature they are being exposed to on a daily basis, and all of this in the middle of a country that stands for acceptance and tolerance; a tolerance that is no longer offered to those who choose to follow Jesus Christ.
Would you allow me a word of advice? Do what I do with my kids: explain to them about this subtle war against their Christian faith, teach them how to recognize destructive messages in what they read, encourage them to come to you every time they find them and most of all: Plant in them the seed of the Word of God daily, so they can be wise and strong to reject anything that destroys their faith in the Lord. Teach them to defend their faith.
As I tell them often: “Garbage is entering your mind every day, we have to clean it with the living water of the Word of God”
*(Morison, Samuel Eliot (1972). The Oxford History of the American People)