Don’t Sacrifice Your Children to Caesar

Recently the Pew Forum released a poll indicating that 1 in 5 adults claim no religious affiliation. That is nearly a 5% increase over the last five years. Even more unsettling is the fact that 1/3rd of adults less than 30 years of age claim no religious affiliation. Which the Pew Research Center indicated was an historical high.

The obvious question is, why? Why are these young adults increasingly disassociating with religion? One answer posited by the Pew Poll was generational replacement. Yet, there still seems to be a greater underlying reason for this new generation’s disassociation with religion. Even more interesting is the fact that 74% of those self-identified as unaffiliated were raised in some religious tradition. Moreover, 76% of the unaffiliated say prayer is important. Furthermore, 80% of Americans still have a strong belief in God.

So, why are these younger generations increasingly disassociating themselves with religious tradition? If one had the tenacity to wade through the text of the poll they would find a striking discovery that provides a clue. GSS data from Duke University was cited in the poll indicating that these younger generations were far less likely to have attended church on a weekly basis during their teen years. The same was true of their parent’s attendance.

Here in lies the problem. We have a generation of parents who have failed to pass on their religious values and zeal to their children. There is a great disconnect between parent and child when it comes to the issue of religion.  We are losing our children to a secular worldview perpetrated primarily by our government through public education and by the medium of entertainment. I agree with Dr. Voddie Baucham who says, “If you send your kids to Caesar for their education don’t be surprised when they come back as Romans.” Nearly 80% of evangelical children become unaffiliated by their first year in college. We are losing our children because we turn them over to the government for their education.

How do we fix this? We do what God’s word says and take back the reigns of education. We make spiritual education a daily part of our lives. We follow God’s command:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

(Deu 6:4-9 ESV)

I understand the context of this passage as it relates to the nation of Israel. However, the principle is pertinent to all believers. The responsibility for worldview development belongs to the parents. It is time that Christian parents take back their responsibility. The fundamental reason God instituted the family unit is so that He could have godly offspring (Malachi 2.15). Why do we willingly sacrifice our children on the altar of public education where they are constantly bombarded with beliefs that are contrary to God’s Word? Solomon reminds us that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1.7 ESV). Our founding fathers understood this and insisted that all education be based upon the foundation of Christianity. Let us stop selling our children’s souls to Caesar and start shaping their minds with the truth of the gospel of Christ. Let us take back our children’s education and present to the Lord godly offspring.

Grace,

Ronnie

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About Ronnie Knight
Follower of Christ, Husband, & Father. B.A. in Theology Masters of Divinity

4 Responses to Don’t Sacrifice Your Children to Caesar

  1. So essentially what you are saying is that if kids are not indoctrinated into religion, like some kind of cult, they will not grow up to be religious? Is this an admission that without indoctrination there is nothing compelling in your religion to bring people to worship your god? It sure seems like it.

    • Au contraire mon ami. There is something very compelling about my God and that is the truth of His word. He has chosen humanity to be messengers of that truth, because “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10.17 ESV). He has chosen believing parents in particular to be messengers of this truth.
      This is important because due to original sin humanity, all of humanity is radically depraved. Because of our depravity our natural bent is away from God not toward Him. If left to our own nature we will consistently and deliberately move away from God. Even in the light of truth men, like roaches, scamper for the darkness of sin because “people love darkness rather than light because their works were evil” (John 3.19 ESV). Therefore, if I leave my children to the natural course of their life I leave them to move away from God. Even more egregiously is the fact that I would hand them over to those who would assist them in their depravity and eternal damnation by intentionally suppressing the truth of God’s word which is the only thing that can free them from their depravity and save them from the penalty of sin.
      It is kind of like having a child that is addicted to crack and because of that addiction their lives are spiraling out of control toward their ultimate demise. If I handed my child over to the crack dealer daily so that they could have their way with my child and facilitate his addiction most people would consider me an evil derelict father. But, If I chose to rescue my child and take him to a place where he could get cleaned up and begin to see things more clearly I would be considered a good parent who cared enough about his not to let him destroy his life.
      My children, along with all of humanity are by nature addicted to the “crack” of sin and if left to themselves they will suffer the consequences of that sin (which is the wrath of God). I, as God’s messenger, choose to keep my child away from those who want to facilitate their sin problem and drive them away from the truth that will set them free. I, as God’s agent, chose to shower them in the truth of God’s word because I know that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10.17). That is my God given calling as a parent. I chose to join God in saving my kids from themselves and those who would facilitate their depravity and seal them in their sin.
      Thanks, for the comment.
      Ronnie

      • Your enterprise of indoctrination fails to explain how a child can be kept away from god and still taught to be a good person, even one who avoids all the sins that you want to save your child from. Apparently god is not needed so your indoctrination is still just that, and an evil in and of itself because it robs that child of the skills of critical thinking.

      • See New Post for my thoughts

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