Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Leigh's Thesis: Chapter 2 (2)


Who should provide instruction?

For over two centuries, Americans began and ended their day with family devotions. That meant that someone in the family knew how to read, so someone was capable of teaching the rest of the family how to read the Bible.

Now we have whole families that have never read together, and most adults do not willingly choose to listen to lectures, let alone the two- to three-hour sermons, political debates, and literary discussions that provided entertainment for early Americans. Imagine every family in your church reading Scripture every day and spending three or more hours listening to your pastor teach each Sunday.

The famous Lincoln-Douglass debates were seven hours long. Can you imagine your congregation standing for seven hours, munching on sandwiches and sipping tea, while Lincoln debated Douglass or your pastor taught? Are we even physically or mentally capable of doing so? The average American family watches an average of five hours of screens a day, so apparently we have time to worship and pray and study; we just choose not to.

Less than 15 percent of Americans home school or enroll their children in Christian schools (13), yet more than 70 percent claim to be Christians (14). Our great Christian universities are rarely any different than their state counterparts. Christians often campaign to have prayer in school, but then they will not say to which god they would have the children pray. They seem to be encouraging state-led idolatry.

We say we would die for Christ, but then we are not willing to sacrifice to raise children for Christ or to sacrifice time and money for Christian schools. Christian leaders are eager, yet frustrated in their efforts to instruct parents so they can successfully recover a Christian worldview for their children. God is ready to equip us with solutions, but we are so immersed in our culture that we miss what He is saying to us.

(13) Office of Innovation and Improvement, Statistics About Non-Public Education in the United States, U.S. Department of Education, 2008, (accessed 12 January 2009).
(14) Barry A. Kosmin, Egon Mayer, and Ariela Keysar, American Religious Identification Survey, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2001, (accessed 12 January 2009).

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