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Addressing Today’s Worldview Crisis

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We Are Facing A Worldview Crisis

Last week was a busy one to say the least.  Wednesday evening I had the privilege of presenting the second part of a seminar on Raising Kingdom Kids in an Anti-Christian Culture to adults at First Baptist Church Snellville in Georgia.  Saturday I participated in a Kingdom Parenting Summit at Spring Baptist Church in Texas.  Both of the these events reinforced my conviction that there must be an intentional effort to equip Christians with a biblical worldview and philosophy of education.

In preparing for these seminars, I was reminded of what Dr. George Barna presented at some recent worldview conferences at which we were both speaking.  His research on the worldview of adults in the country shows that there is a major worldview crisis facing us today.  This is especially true for Christian parents, church leaders and educators.

Dr. Barna found that the percentage of adults that have a biblical worldview has declined over the past few years.  Adults who possessed a biblical worldview dropped from 10% in 2016 to 9% in 2017 and 7% in 2018.  According to this trend, the percentage of adults who have a biblical worldview today is most likely less than 7%.  This is clear evidence that we have a worldview crisis today and this crisis will have disastrous effects on future generations.

There was one slide that Barna presented that really caught my attention.  This slide gave a profile of adults in the United States.

Metaformation Inc. and American Culture & Faith Institute, 2018

One of the findings in this profile is that 70% of adults still self-identified themselves as Christians.  I can remember reading Patrick Morely’s book, The Rest of Your Life.  He referred to similar statistics and asked a penetrating question.  Where are all these Christians?  If 70% of adults are Christians, why aren’t they impacting the culture in a meaningful way?

This is even more evident when it comes to another anomaly found in Barna’s research.  He found that 79 million adults believed that they possessed a biblical worldview.  However, when responding to 40 questions related to principles that form a biblical worldview only 18 million actually lived by such beliefs.

Over the years I have found that this is one of the most challenging problems facing the home, church and school.  Most Christians believe that they think and act biblically.  When faced with the findings of research such as Barna’s, they believe that the alarming results apply to others not to themselves.

I continually have Christians acknowledge that there is a crisis of belief within the body of Christ.  However, they tend to put qualifiers on the reality of the worldview crisis facing Christians today with statements such as:

  • our church is different and we are making disciples of Jesus
  • the secular schools (primarily public) in our area are “good” schools
  • our Christian school is effective in biblical worldview integration because we have “strong” Christian teachers
  • our homes (parents) are doing a good job raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

As long as we shift the focus of such research from ourselves to others, the necessary changes that need to take place will never become a reality.  When we believe that “we” are the Christians that have a strong biblical worldview, we will never see the need to engage in biblical worldview formation activities or efforts to develop a biblical philosophy of education.  It will always be others who need this — not us.

God has allowed me to conduct two staff development seminars, one board training session and two parenting seminars in the past four weeks.  In each of these events, I have focused on the need to understand God’s ultimate purpose for education and the necessity to embrace a biblical worldview and philosophy of education.

The responses have been overwhelmingly positive.  I found Christian parents, church leaders and educators to be very hungry for the truths that were presented and they all wanted to learn more.

This is why I have made the commitment to put all of my energies into challenging as many Christians as possible to be intentional in their own biblical worldview formation and understanding of a biblical philosophy of education.

There are hundreds of Christian schools that need to become a KEM Prime Member and give their staff and board members access to key training resources in these areas.  If you are an administrator of a Christian school, I want to encourage you to have your school become a Prime Member today.  This membership is the most economical source of biblical professional development resources available today.

Simply click here to join now or email me at to see if you and your school are eligible for a special school discount.

I am often amazed that so many Christian school leaders do not have an ongoing, intentional plan to make sure all of their teachers and board members have a biblical worldview and know, understand and are fully committed to a biblical philosophy of education.

Could it be that they believe that today’s worldview crisis is someone else’s fault?  Could it be that they are like Pogo in the comic strip where he said, We have met the enemy and he is us?

Barna’s research shows that every one of us needs to be determined to develop a biblical worldview so that we can effectively shape the worldview of our children and students.  If we are not successful at this one task, we are failures no matter what else we accomplish.

Please share your thoughts on today’s worldview crisis by leaving a comment below.

Some Things Need To Change!

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Make A Difference In 2020

2019 is in the rearview mirror.  I think you will agree with me that it was a year that was marked by overwhelming moral decay throughout society.  We continue to see the vast majority of our children leaving the church.  How do we survive the assault on biblical values that once guided life in America?

At a recent worldview conference I was speaking at, George Barna told the audience that biblical education is our last hope.  The reason this is true is because children and youth spend more time at school than they do at church and at home (when you don’t count sleeping).

He went on to say that we must give our children a biblical worldview if there is any hope that they will be able to stand against the culture that is trying to destroy everything we believe to be true.  However, there is a problem.  We can only give the next generation what we, ourselves, possess!

These facts have haunted me for the last several weeks.  Are we going to be up to the challenge?  I do not believe we are ready to accept this challenge unless some things drastically change.  Today, I am announcing that I am determined to do all I can to equip Christians to be able to take on this overwhelming test.

While visiting family in El Paso over the holidays, the pastor preaching the new year sermon said something that I cannot get out of my mind.  He asked us, what is your plan to make sure that 2020 is not merely a repeat of 2019?

According to Barna’s research, only 9% of Christians possess a biblical worldview.  Even worse is the reality that only 4%, 1 out of 25, millennials have developed a biblical worldview.  Barna went on to explain that a young person’s worldview is pretty much shaped by the age of 13.  This means, that the primary parenting generation today is the millennial generation.  As I have been speaking in various Christian schools around the country, I am finding out that the primary teaching generation is fast becoming the millennial generation.

With that being said, it becomes evident that the home, church and school are not equipped to give the next generation a biblical worldview.  This is because one can only give what one possesses!

This is the major thing that must change if we are going to successfully engage in today’s culture war.  I am determined to make this my highest priority in ministry in 2020.  I want to do everything possible to help the home, church and school equip Christian parents, church leaders and educators with a biblical worldview and biblical philosophy of education.  If this is not accomplished, we will continue to see our children and youth adopt the secular, atheistic worldview of the culture and leave the faith.

Here is my plan to bring about this change.

Will You Accept The Challenge?

  1. I have written to several key pastors asking them to share with me how I can engage pastors to address the issue of education biblically.
  2. I have written to an influential seminary president asking him what seminaries can do to challenge future pastors and church leaders to address the issue of education biblically.
  3. I will continue to challenge every head of a Christian school to make it his/her top priority to conduct intentional, ongoing staff development in the areas of biblical worldview formation and biblical philosophy of education.  This is absolutely necessary if Christian schools are going to remain true to God’s ultimate purpose of education.
  4. I am in the process of developing additional resources and activities that will lead parents, pastors and educators to know the truth so they can be made free.
  5. I have set a goal to enlist at least 100 more schools to become KEM Prime Members so that their staffs will have access to the resources necessary to equip them to accept this challenge.
  6. I have committed to conducting as many live staff and/or board training sessions as my calendar will allow.

Last year there were over 6,000 videos viewed on the KEM Prime Member website.  This far exceeded what I had thought would take place.  But, it is not enough.  This needs to be doubled, tripled, and even quadrupled if we are going to be able to make a difference.

As I have prayed about this, I have asked myself what would happen if 10,000 board members, administrators, and teachers developed a strong, biblical worldview and embraced a biblical philosophy of education?  This may appear to be too big of a goal but when one breaks it down, it is actually quite low.

If a Christian school has a board and staff membership of only 30 individuals, it would take a little more than 300 schools to reach this goal.  If the number of schools increased to 500, it would result in 15,000 Christians educators equipped to give students a biblical worldview education.  It is not only mandatory that this takes place, but it is also very achievable.

When I was serving the Lord at Lynchburg Christian Academy, Dr. Jerry Falwell regularly challenged us by saying,

It is not a question if the rabbit can climb the tree, it has to!

The rabbit has to climb the tree!  However, it won’t happen unless each and every one of us commits himself/herself to pursuing this goal together.  Here is my challenge to you.

Do you want 2020 to be just a repeat of 2019?

If not, what needs to change in your life and ministry?

Would you join with me to do everything possible to give the next generation a biblical worldview education?  Let’s make 2020 a year that we see God do a miracle in the hearts and minds of thousands of children and youth.  It can happen!  It must happen!  It begins with you and me!

Be sure to leave a comment or email me with any suggestions you might have to help achieve this goal.

Immanuel – God With Us!

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With Christmas just a little over a week away, I wanted to share with you something that continues to boggle my mind.  Of course, everything that surrounds the true meaning of Christmas is absolutely amazing.  However, there is one truth that I know I will never fully comprehend.  This truth is stated in both the Old and New Testaments.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Emmanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which translated means, “God with us. Matthew 1:23

Whether one spells this name with an “E” or an “I”, the meaning is the same.  When Jesus was born as a baby, God came to this earth.  It is hard to comprehend that the Creator of the universe took on human flesh and dwelt with man right here on earth.  I love singing the little chorus that speaks this truth over and over again.

Emmanuel, Emanuel.  His name is called Emmanuel.  God with us, revealed in us.  His name is called Emmanuel.

As I prepare for Christmas, I am consumed with the truth that God loved me so much that He came and dealt among us.  This should impact how we live our lives each and every day.  But then something else happened because Jesus became God with us.  He went to the cross and died for our sins and rose again forever defeating sin and the grave.

When I repented of my sins and believed in my heart that Jesus was Lord, I was born again.  What is amazing about that is that it was no longer simply God with me but now it was God in me!  His Spirit lives within me.  So this Christmas I am rejoicing that they called His name Emmanuel – God with us!  But I also praise Him because of what happened on that first Christmas, I can now say that God is in me.  I can’t fully comprehend this truth but I have a new creation in Christ.

Here are the questions that I have asked myself as Christmas approaches.

  1. How is my life a reflection of the truth that Emmanuel came to this earth?
  2. How is my life different because He indwells me each and every day?

I pray that each of you has a blessed Christmas.  I look forward to being back with you in 2020.  Together let’s live our lives knowing that God is both with us and in us.  Can you imagine what 2020 might hold in store if the reality of Emmanuel consumed us each day?  Merry Christmas!


What Does It Mean?

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It is amazing to see how the meanings of words change over time.  Unfortunately, many Christians fail to understand that this is even happening.  This results in them using words and thinking that everyone is defining them the same way they are.  The end result is utter chaos.

Another thing that I have witnessed over the years when it comes to the meaning of words is that we use common words and phrases and never really define them.  This leaves the meaning of those words and phrases left up to how the hearer defines them.  Once again, the result is chaos.  Words are important but knowing their meanings is equally, if not more, important.

My good friend, Mark Kennedy, recently sent me a brief article. Mark is the ACSI Director for Eastern Canada.  In the article, he illustrated the results that take place when definitions change or people use words without really knowing the true meaning of them.  He wrote,

Over time, the definitions of words change – occasionally they change quite a bit. An innocuous example is the word ‘silly’ which comes from the old English word ‘saleg’ meaning ‘happy’. Over many decades that meaning (and spelling) changed gradually so that saleg – ‘happy’-, came to mean ‘blessed’, then ‘pious’. From pious its meaning changed further to ‘innocent’, from ‘innocent’ to ‘naïve’ and then from the mid 16th century on, it evolved into its current meaning – ‘foolish’.

Over the centuries, some definitions just evolved on their own. But in our day, the functional meanings of a few key words have been intentionally altered for political and/or social engineering purposes. The word “Gay” is a prime example.

And for other words, their common daily usage has come to mean the exact opposite of their long-established definitions. So ‘tolerance’ now implies the furious rejection of any perspectives except those promoted by the wielders of worldly power. And ‘inclusiveness’ carries with it the intentional and scornful exclusion of anyone whose beliefs conflict with ‘political correctness’.

Most of us can relate to what Mark is saying in these few sentences.  You may have even been accused of being bigoted or worse because of how you “misused” some of these words.  Mark went on in his article to show how the changing of definitions has affected education.

Along the same lines, the term ‘liberal’ has been so misused in our culture that its roots are obscured. ‘Liberal’ comes from the Latin “liberare”, meaning ‘to set free’.  According the original meaning, the word ‘liberal’ isn’t about the rejection of traditional ideas or the unquestioning acceptance of the new.  From its root, the word ‘liberal’, is all about freedom.  This makes me think of Jesus’ words, “It is for freedom that you have been set free!” Gal 5:1. And of course, the Scriptures defines what freedom really is and who is able to supply it.  So, a ‘liberal’ education is one that sets students free according to God’s standards– the very thing I hope we are doing in Christian schools.

As I read this brief article, I asked myself this question.  Are we providing students with an education that sets them truly free?  Jesus also spoke these words.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:31-32 (NKJV) 

If the education we are providing our children is going to set them free, it must lead them to abiding in God’s Word to the point that they will know truth.  When they know truth, they will be made free.  Mark finished his article with a quote by a Catholic theologian named Peter Kwasniewski.  Kwasniewski wrote,

The point of liberal [freeing] education is not to form perfect beings on the model of already perfect beings but to initiate a lifetime of apprenticeship to the one true Master, Jesus Christ, freeing the mind from the debris of a collapsing civilization and freeing the heart from the chafing shackles of confined and self-centered desire. Students who receive such an education are granted the opportunity to find a spiritual freedom that is more precious than all the riches of this world (emphasis mine).

After thinking about the world that our children and youth are growing up in, I found myself in full agreement with Mark’s closing thought.

Young People Need an Education that Inspires Them to Seek God’s Face!

Measuring Success

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It is hard to believe that another year is coming to a close.  It seems like 2019 just started a few days ago.  Did you set any goals for the year or make any New Year’s resolutions?  Did you achieve success this year?  Everyone desires to find success but how can one measure and determine true success?

Unfortunately, too many people measure success by the world’s standards.  I have found that there are four criteria that are often used to measure one’s success.  I call them the four Ps of worldly success.  These are:

  • power
  • prestige
  • possessions
  • position

These measures of success are closely related to one another and often overlap each other.  Some believe that if they had the power to do whatever they desire, that would bring them success.  Others think that having a certain appearance that is prestigious in other people’s eyes will determine their success.  A great number of individuals strive to obtain success through financial wealth and/or possessing more and more stuff.  Finally, there are those that believe they will be successful if they were able to climb the corporate ladder and get to the top.

The sad reality of measuring success by these criteria is that they are all temporal measures.  In fact, if I use any or all of these measures for determining success, I am setting myself up to eventually be a loser.  This is because a day will come when I won’t be able to maintain a certain level of power and I will lose any sense of prestige – whether it is my physical appearance or some other form of status.  Possessions can also be lost in a moment of time and someone will eventually replace me in any position I might hold.

I have found another very interesting thing about people who try to find success by striving for one or more of these worldly standards.  It seems like many who achieve these measures of success struggle with such things as depression, addiction, broken relationships, etc.  Examples of this are common in professional sports and Hollywood.  Why is this so common with people who seem to have it all — power, prestige, possessions and/or position?

Many years ago, I read a study that tried to measure what caused people to feel successful in life.  Even though many people believed that achieving one or more of the four Ps of success would bring them satisfaction in life, they found out that even when they achieved one of these measures, something was still missing.  It was discovered that the one thing that gave a person a sense of true success was when someone that he/she saw as being a significant person in his/her life approved of him/her.

I have come to believe that this is true for each and every individual.  For many people this significant other person might be a parent, coach, spouse or teacher.  This is why a person can be seen as being very successful and may even have a large fan base and still end up destroying his life.  It is because there was someone that he wanted to please but that person never gave them the affirmation he was looking for.

This is why it is so important for parents, pastors and educators to speak truth in love into the lives of those they influence.  It is your approval they may be seeking more than anything else in life.  Sometimes the most difficult person you have to deal with is the one who desperately wants your approval.  This is why it is so important to see every person as an image bearer of God.  When we do this, we will see their true value and will treat them appropriately.

Yes, we need to do all we can to encourage and challenge others to be the best that they can be as image bearers of God.  However, it is also important to look at our own lives and examine what we are measuring our success by.  Is it one or more of the four Ps?  Or is it someone that we really want to have approval from?  The truth is that the things of this world will eventually fade away and other people will disappoint us.

So how does one find true success.  I believe it is to make only one person our most significant other in our lives.  That person is God, Himself.  When God becomes our significant other, we will never be disappointed.  Probably the most familiar verse in the Bible about success is,

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

When do I accomplish the greatest sense of success in my life?  It is when I,

  • surrender daily to God’s will
  • spend time with God in His Word
  • obey Him
When these three things are directing my life, I am successful.  Paul found true success by striving to do these three things.  When he did them, his priorities changed and he found true success.

But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:7-8 (NKJV)

The need for power, prestige, possessions and/or position fades away when I make Christ my significant other.  When this happens, I am successful!

A Sense of Urgency!

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Recently, I had the privilege of speaking at a worldview conference sponsored by Precept Marketing and BJ Press at the Creation Museum.  These conferences are conducted 3-4 times a year at various venues around the country.  The team of speakers that has been put together is impressive, to say the least.  Jeff Keaton, chairman of Renewanation, George Barna, Ben Schettler, President of the Center for Truth in Love, and Dr. Brian Smith, BJ Press always bring very challenging messages on the importance of developing a biblical worldview and teaching from that perspective.  Dr. Ken Ham closed out this specific conference.

The reason why I am mentioning this in this week’s blog is that I came away from this conference with a greater burden about what type of future our children and youth will be faced with.  There was a different spirit throughout this 3-day conference than what I had sensed in others.  Each and every speaker closed his presentation with a strong challenge to the Christian educators present to be more determined to instill a biblical worldview in the hearts and minds of their students.  There was a sense of urgency like I had not experienced previously.

As I have been contemplating all that was presented and praying about how to move forward in my own ministry, I continuously came across articles and other information that caused me to realize the enormity of the crisis that is facing us in today’s culture.  I saw a commercial that someone had referenced as being the “creepiest commercial” he had ever seen.

This commercial was produced by Coca Cola for its Argentinian audience.  It shows parents and others preparing young people in drag and other LGBTQ symbols for participation in a “Pride” event.  It is shown with a soothing rendition of the song, You Will Never Walk Alone, being played in the background.  Toward the end with teenagers going off to join a “pride parade” with who I supposed was a father watching and these words on the screen.  What you feel when someone wants to choose to be happy.  The screen then shows these words before showing the Sprite logo.  You are not alone!  As I watched this in disbelief, I was once again hit with a sense of urgency.

Right before leaving for church this morning, I came across an article that shook me even more than this commercial had.  This wasn’t something that was shown in another country.  Rather, this was a report about something that happened right here in my backyard, so to speak.  This article reported on what happened in a public school in Texas a short time ago.  The Stream published an article on November 16th with the main title, Texas Teacher Defends Drag Queen Class.

The article reported about a Cosmology class at this school that invited a drag queen to come into the class to “teach students how to apply makeup.”  As you might expect, this resulted in an outcry by many parents who took their concerns to the district’s school board meeting.  Even though this should have been enough for parents, especially Christians, to stand up and say enough is enough, there was even something more outrageous that was included in this article.  It was reported that another teacher in the school posted these thoughts on social media.

I believe that raising a child is the responsibility of the community, and that parents should not have the final say. Let’s be honest, some of you don’t know what is best for your kids.  Parents believe they should be able to storm the school in the name of political and religious beliefs if something happens in the school that they are morally opposed to. They forget that we make a promise to prepare their children to live in a diverse world. We are not required to protect the misguided, bigoted views of their parents. (emphasis mine)

At first, I couldn’t believe that I was reading about how teachers in our society’s school system look at parents and their moral values.  The quote by this teacher also included the following advice to parents.

If you want your children educated with your values, find a private school that will do it. The public education system is not here to serve your archaic beliefs.

Finally, the truth behind the values being taught in secular educational institutions is being boldly announced.  The principal of this school addressed the parents at the board meeting and explained the two major factors that drive their educational decisions.  They are:

  1. Is this what’s best for kids?
  2. Is this going to help us grow academically?

She then explained, “If the answer to these questions is no, then we move on. But if the answer is yes, then we are moving in the right direction.”  However, who determines the answers to these questions?  It is not the parents!  It is the educators!  The teacher who posted the above statements on social media also spoke at the meeting and boldly stated, “I think as a district we need to make an initiative to teach our kids to be tolerant and respectful.”

Driving to church I was overwhelmed by the sense of urgency that had been weighing heavily on my mind ever since I left the Creation Museum a few days ago.  However, the sense of urgency was not about how dark the culture around us is becoming.  It is not about what the media is bombarding our young people with or what is happening in secular schools as they indoctrinate the next generation in atheistic and/or naturalistic worldviews.  The sense of urgency that I am burdened about is where are Christians — parents, church leaders and educators — when it comes to our worldview beliefs.

If Barna is accurate with his research, the reality is that a very small percentage of Christian adults possess a biblical worldview.  When this is looked at from a generational perspective, it is clear that the younger generations are less likely to think biblically about all of life.  In fact, only 4%, 1 of 25, of individuals that make up the Millennial Generation (which is the primary parenting and teaching generation today) has a biblical worldview.

Over the past several years, the conviction about the absolute necessity of providing a kingdom education to children and youth has taken a firmer grip on me than ever before.  So that you understand what I mean by this, please note that kingdom education only takes place when God reigns as king in the entire educational process.  For God to reign as king in the education provided children and youth at home, church and school, every parent, church leader and educator must know what God’s Word says about education.  This requires those of us who are influencing the next generation to embrace a biblical philosophy of education and develop a strong biblical worldview.  This won’t happen when we attend a workshop on these topics and then move on to other things.  Since I have been involved in the teaching profession for over 50 years, I understand that I have to continually renew my mind and intentionally study to better understand God’s plan for educating future generations.  If this is not being done on an intentional and continual way, will Christian schools be an answer to the madness that is happening in secular schools each and every day? Do you sense the urgency?

Has It Lost Its Meaning?

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We hear it all the time!  We use it all the time!  However, how often does one take the time to think about what it means?  That is a question that I have wrestled with for several years.  You might be asking yourself, what on earth is he talking about?  I am talking about the term “Christian”.  Here are just a few of the many ways I have seen and heard “Christian” used,

  • a Christian worldview
  • thinking Christianly
  • the Christian mind
  • a Christian environment
  • a Christian nation
  • Christian education
  • a Christian school
  • Christian leadership

You can probably come up with several more ways that the term “Christian” is used to identify someone or something.  Recently, I was reading the findings of some significant research that ACSI has done on identifying key elements of a flourishing Christian school.  You can find the report here.  It is not my intention to review this research in this blog.  I mention it only because I found another way that the term “Christian” is used.  In this report, an article by John Hull was referenced.  In an article, Aiming for Christian Education, Hull identified the,

…Christian perspective as the defining concept in Christian education

The report went on to quote Hull as stating that the,

Christian perspective must reshape and redirect the curriculum, pedagogical theory, student evaluation, educational, goals, and school structure

First, I want to say that I completely agree with what I think the author is saying.  However, my question is, what is a Christian perspective?  When the term “Christian” is used as an adjective, how do most people define it?  I believe it has become so subjective that it has lost almost all of its true meaning.

Luke was one of the New Testament writers who used the word Christian in the book of Acts.

And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  Acts 11:26 (KJV)

The first thing one needs to understand about this very important term is that believers did not refer to themselves by it.  They referred to themselves as disciples, brethren, saints, believers, etc..  It was unbelievers who called the disciples “Christians.”  Most Bible scholars believe that the term was used in a derogatory way as it implied a form of slavery.  These unbelievers looked at Jesus’ disciples as slaves of Christ!  From this original meaning, the term “Christian” became equated with the concept of being “Christ-like.”

John wrote about the deep meaning that comes with being associated with the name of Jesus Christ,

He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.  1 John 2:6 (NKJV)

If we are going to be called by His name, we are to walk as He walked — our life should reflect His life!  Unfortunately, the term “Christian” has been so watered down that this type of accountability has all but disappeared from the life of the average believer.  In fact, when I conduct staff development workshops and ask believers what the term “Christian” means today, the most common response I get is that it refers to a person who is nice and goes to church.

Because of this subjective use of the term “Christian”, I very seldom use it any more.  It is my conviction that we need to be more objective when referring to the various topics like the ones listed in the bullet list above.  This is why I believe it is important to use another term to describe such topics and that term is biblical.

What meaning do you give to such terms as:

  • biblical worldview?
  • thinking biblically?
  • biblical mind?
  • biblical education?
  • biblical school?
  • biblical leadership?
  • biblical perspective?

I can remember a time when a group of writers were developing an administrator handbook for early childhood programs.  I was given a draft of the manual to review.  It was a well-written manuscript and I only had one change that needed to be made.  I told the editor to go back to the authors and have them change every time they used “Christian” to define something to “biblical.”  The first reaction I received was that there were some things that could be referred to as Christian but may not be biblical.  I said, really?  How can something be Christian and not biblical?

You may have heard the statement, the one who defines the term usually wins the debate.  It is time to move from the subjective to the absolute.  Let’s make sure we are biblical in all we think, say, and do.  What are your thoughts?  Be sure to leave a comment below.

We Have To Be Ready!

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For the past couple of weeks I have been sharing with you some of the cultural battles that we are facing and how it impacts the education we give our children.  There is no doubt about it.  We are in an intense culture war for the hearts and minds of future generations.  It is important that we understand the intensity and seriousness of this cosmic battle.  However, what is more important is that we are prepared for what we most likely will be facing in the very near future.

I read a blog that was written by Dr. Irwin Lutzer a couple of days ago.  Dr. Lutzer has consistently sounded warnings about how we, as Christians, are facing similar challenges that Christians in Hitler’s day experienced.  Some of his earlier writings were quite frightening to say the least.  I found this recent article to be equally alarming.

In his post, he shared what happened to a pastor and his church a few weeks ago.  This particular congregation is facing some pretty intense persecution.  These attacks are a result of a sermon that the pastor preached on October 13th.  The sermon was taken from Genesis 1.  As part of the pastor’s series on Genesis, the pastor preached on Genesis 1:27 and what God says about gender.  He explained what this verse clearly states.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created themGenesis 1:27 (NKJV) (emphasis mine)

Lutzer noted that the message was “thoughtful, welcoming, and non-judgmental.”  You probably have guessed what happened on Monday following this sermon.  There was a social media firestorm that brought strong condemnation on the pastor and the church.  Lutzer explained,

The current culture rejects civil discourse, rational discussions, and honest evaluations of biological and scientific evidence accepted by many doctors which state that gender tampering can be harmful for children and, for that matter, adults.

He went on to state,

Simply raising these questions has resulted in hatred and vilification of anyone who dares to ask.

The point that I took away from this post was that anyone who stands for truth and biblical morality better be ready for strong opposition and even persecution.  We are already seeing early signs of this and it is only going to intensify as we continue living in a secular society.  I found it interesting that when I opened my Bible app the other day to read the Verse of the Day, it said this.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  Matthew 5:10-12 (NKJV)

Lutzer decries that the church has succumbed to the idea that Christians must be known for what they are for and not what they are against.  This has led to a deafening silence about major cultural issues.  The consequences of this silence can be disastrous.

Lutzer challenges Christians to face the moral crisis of our day with courage.  In fact, he explained that,

It has been aptly stated that “a Christianity without courage is cultural atheism.”

Christian parents, church leaders and educators must be equipped for battle!  This is especially true when it comes to giving our children and youth a biblical education.  I found several questions swirling in my mind as I thought about the coming battle that we most surely will face.

  1. Are we willing to stand firm on Scripture when it comes to such issues as gender fluidity and other related topics?
  2. What will be our response when opposition and persecution comes?
  3. What will we do when accrediting agencies try to force us to accept positions that go against God’s Word?
  4. Are we ready for opposition that may come in the form of rejection by athletic and/or fine arts organizations?
  5. Will our staff members and families stay with us when we take a stand on truth and biblical morality?

These are the real questions that are key to the sustainability of biblical worldview education in a pagan society.  The answers to these questions will, I believe, depend on whether or not our staff and board members, parents and church leaders develop a strong biblical worldview and know, understand and are committed to a biblical philosophy of education.

My fear is that many will not be prepared for this challenge.  I continue to be concerned about the lack of staff development on these critical matters.  I am not suggesting that we ignore methodology and best practices.  What I am saying is that we must become more intentional on instilling a biblical worldview and biblical philosophy of education in the hearts and minds of our teachers and parents.  That is what Kingdom Education Ministries is all about!

As Lutzer put it, silence is not an option.  However, if we don’t think biblically, we won’t have anything to say!  Lutzer’s closing words need to be heeded by all of us.

I think I hear Him [God] saying to us what He said to the church in Sardis:  Wake up and strengthen what remains.

Alarmed But Not Surprised!

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Are you surprised?

I am more and more convinced that the most important thing that all education does is to shape the worldview or belief system of the student (regardless of age).  This conviction has been reinforced each and every day as I see what is happening in society.  I also realize  that what is happening in society or the culture ends up happening in homes, schools and even in churches.  The only thing that somewhat amazes me is when I see and/or hear Christians being surprised by the “shocking” things they are confronted with.

An example of this is something that has been in the headlines this past week.  It seems like everyone is alarmed about a situation where a mother has been reported about driving her son to become a female.  Reports that the boy’s father was being denied his rights to stop this effort to transexualize his son.  It was even said that the mother of this young 7 year-old boy was going to have him go through gender altering chemical treatment and surgery.

More than likely, you have heard about this.  The outcry about this was everywhere.  Social media was filled with shock and condemnation about the possibility of this taking place.  People from all walks of life were wondering how can the culture allow something like this to happen.  It became so bad that a governor and state attorney general had to get involved and try to stop this type of “idiocy” from taking place.

I, too, have found myself being angry when I witness some of this insanity that has become so commonplace in the world today.  However, I am not surprised at all by it.  What can we expect when generation and generation of young children and youth have been indoctrinated by a secular education system for the past 100 plus years.  There has been and continues to be an atheistic worldview undergirding secular education throughout history.  God is ignored or denied and evolution is the only “scientific” answer to the origin of the universe and life.

This has led to two similar “isms” that now dominate the thinking of people in the world today.  The first one of these is called materialism.  This philosophy can be defined as,

physical matter is the only reality and that everything — including thought, feeling, mind and will — can all be explained in terms of matter and physical phenomena.

The other “ism” is naturalisim.  This term carries with it this meaning.

all can be explained in terms of natural causes and laws.  Nothing has moral, spiritual, or supernatural significance.

This is why Carl Sagan opened his Cosmos series with these words.

The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.

Young children are hit with this same lie when Actual Factual, the world’s foremost bear scientist, answers the question, what is nature? with these words.

It’s all that is, or was, or ever will be.

The only thing that is eternal is the cosmos or the material world.  If this is true, then there is no eternal God that created man in His image.  Therefore, man has no greater significance than any other material thing.  Man is just a natural phenomenon that is like anything and everything else.  This is why some lawyers are arguing to a judge that Happy, an elephant in the Bronx zoo, should have the same rights as humans — including the fundamental entitlement to liberty.  Their argument is that this elephant should be considered a person.

If everything can be explained in terms of natural causes, then man being imago Dei is a false belief.  This is why it was reported last week that the suicide rate of 10-14 year olds has almost tripled between 2007 and 2017.  The “experts” blame this on social media and bullying.  However, all of these other “reasons” are a reality of what happens when human beings are no longer considered to be image bearers of God.

I am convinced that if something drastic doesn’t change it is only going to become more bizarre and disastrous in the very near future.  When I read about a judge’s ruling concerning a doctor who was fired because he refused to refer to a bearded man as “she” because of his religious beliefs, I realized what we are going to face in the coming days.  The court ruled that,

the Bible, especially its teaching that man was created in His image, male and female is incompatible with human dignity especially because of its lack of belief in transgenderism.

The judge went on to rule that this doctor’s religious beliefs goes beyond just personal, private thoughts.

Those beliefs form part of one’s wider faith [Christianity] and this wider belief also does not satisfy the requirement of being worthy of respect in a democratic society.

WOW!  Christianity is not worthy of respect in a democratic society!  This is because biblical Christianity is built on the truth that God created everything and He created man as the capstone of His creation.  Man was created in the image of God and, therefore, has inherent worth and value.

In closing, I want to go back to the premise for this post.  Christians should not be shocked by what we are witnessing in our secularized society.  In fact, we should be taking responsibility for a lot of this.  We are the ones who have educated the majority of our children and youth in secular educational systems from birth through their teenage and college years.  Parents, pastors, church leaders and educators have chosen to have a secular worldview education shape their beliefs and values.

As the depravity of man becomes  more and more evident, what will it take for Christians to wake up, stand up and say enough is enough.  We will no longer give our children over to the world to educate.  We, the home, church and school, will unite and provide our children with a biblical worldview education.  I pray we won’t wait until it is too late!

When Will We Wake Up?

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It is hard to comprehend where society has slid to over the last decade.  I would have never thought we would be facing what we are having to deal with in everyday life today.  If you have been receiving these blog posts for any period of time, you know that I am very concerned about how Christians are educating their children.  I once was convinced that when it became clear that secular education was destroying the hearts and minds of students, Christian parents would rush to give their children a biblically based education.  However, that has not become a reality by any stretch of the imagination.  It seems like, no matter what is poured into our children’s minds, parents seem to be okay with it.

I believe that one of the main reasons why we continue to provide our children with a secular education is because we somehow think that it isn’t so bad in our school.  Yes it may happen in some rare cases in other schools but not where we send our children to school.  Unfortunately, it is happening in every secular educational program, whether it be in public, private or home schools.

Another reason why we don’t concern ourselves enough with the education our children are receiving in school is that we think that schooling is only about academics.  The home and church deals with the spiritual aspects of life.  Whenever I hear something like this, I realize that many, if not most, Christians don’t understand what really takes place in every educational institution.  All education is aimed at shaping a child’s worldview — his or her belief system.  Kevin Swanson makes this point very clear when he wrote,

The main business of all education is the communication of ideas.  Upgrade: 10 Secrets for the Best Education for Your Child

It is time to wake up and understand that every educational effort is driven by the pursuit of some god.  This fact was brought home to me, once again, last week.  My good friend, Dr. Christian Overman, has been publishing a series of blogs on the dangers of Critical Race Theory.  Last week’s post was especially startling to me as I read it.  Dr. Overman showed how politically correct mathematics has become in many schools.  As I read this post, I thought about all the times when I have heard people say that math education is one subject that can be taught in a spiritually neutral manner.  After all, math facts are just that — FACTS!

The reality is there isn’t a subject that can be taught void of installing some beliefs and values.  Overman wrote about how one public school’s math curriculum contains the following objectives.  (Click here to read Overman’s article.)

The students will be able to identify how math has been and continues to be used to oppress and marginalize people and communities of color.

The students will understand how Western mathematics has been used as a means of power and oppression.

The students will explain how math dictates economic oppression.

Students will discuss essential questions such as: Who holds power in a mathematical classroom? and When has math been used historically to resist and liberate? and Who gets to say if an answer is right? and How can we use math to measure the impact of activism?

Did you get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach as you read these objectives?  Do you fully understand the battle that is being waged through this math program?  Can you believe that students are actually being told that math is relative?  This is what is being implied by the question, Who gets to say if an answer is right?  There will be some parents who learn that this is going on and they may voice some concerns.  However, the majority of parents, including most Christian parents, won’t even know this stuff is being taught to their children or, if they do, they won’t do anything about it.

Listen to the sad words that one educator posted on Twitter a few days ago.  This teacher was apologizing to new teachers who have been told that teaching is all about engaging students in meaningful learning experiences.

New teachers, I’m sorry if we veteran educators have misguided you about the profession.  It’s not about cute classrooms & trendy ideas.  It’s political.  It’s advocacy.  It’s the front line of battle for the future of our nation.  Go no further if you’re not ready.  Jim Dearybury

Education, especially schooling, has never been, is not now, or ever will be spiritually neutral.  All education is determined to shape the worldview of its students.  I only wish that Christians would wake up.  I pray to see the day when Christians would have the same determination to shape their children’s worldview biblically as the world has to shape student’s belief systems from a secular, anti-Christian worldview perspective.