Fighting the Good Fight

Recently I was teaching a group of home bible study group leaders at our church. One of the women in the group told us about her child being told that the bible is a myth by their school teacher. Should our children be confronted with such teaching in a christian nation where Judeo-Christian values are appreciated? We should be concerned by the challenges our children are facing and prepare ourselves to answer the questions they bring home from school. Sadly, many parents are more anxious that their children make good grades, but rarely engage their children on matters of faith. Few parents know what their children are being taught at church and school and fewer still engage their children on how they relate to faith. Good Christian parents know that the most important dimension of human development is spiritual growth. Christian parents should be concerned with their children’s intellectual, physical and social welfare, but more importantly they must be committed to their spiritual and moral development. For what good would it be if we provided for our children’s physical and intellectual well-being but did little or nothing to support the development of their faith?

Parents must be deeply rooted in the Christian doctrines of creation, revelation, redemption and judgment. If we are not rooted in the faith we cannot equip our children with the patience and gentleness needed to make a good-faith effort to stop any teacher who dares to slander historic Christianity. Our children must see us invite our unchurched neighbors and we must let them watch us engage them with love and passion on why we believe that Jesus is the Savior of the world. At evening meal we must share stories of how we were able ‘to fight the good fight of faith’ with skeptical workmates. Parents must set an example in their home that affirms Christianity as a lifestyle or worldview that governs every area of their existence.

For parents to be equipped to disciple their children they need a church whose doctrine and practice demonstrates that God is sovereign over all of life. We need a church that shows the world that Christianity is more than a private belief, salvation is not only personal and God cares about more than economic “prosperity”. The church must help their members to understand that Christianity is an all encompassing worldview that answers all of the most important questions of life. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? The church must do more to help its members grasp this comprehensive vision of life so that members can enjoy the fullness of God’s grace in everyday activities. The church must be careful to present a reasonable and practical faith to unbelievers or it will become increasingly marginalized with no consequential impact on the culture.

We must be careful not to turn a blind eye to the statement of this teacher. To do so would be to turn our back on the culture, which is a betrayal of our biblical mandate. Let us take interest in what is happening in our schools that we halt any efforts to slide our children into believing there is no God but their teachers. The mother mentioned in this story is helping her child to see Christianity as a life system or worldview which governs every area of existence. For the sake of our schools and our nation, we need more parents to do the same. Churches need to do more to disciple parents with an understanding that Christianity offers the only viable and rationally defensible answers to the most important questions of life: Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?  Is your church teaching members that the whole world can only be understood only in relation to God as revealed in the Bible?

Lawrence Temfwe