We need to teach our young people and discuss the nature of the faith. We need to talk about Christ. We need to not be ashamed of the gospel. For if it is good news for us, and we have experienced Christ, the gospel is not ancient. It is our experience. Besides, the enemy is motivated to teach our young people, encouraging their abandonment of the faith and debasement.
The trouble for many in this generation is that this requires effort. It cannot be delegated to the “children’s ministry’. It must be done in the home, and it must be led by the parents. If the parents are broken and destroyed, then it is far easier for predators (sexual, moral, intersexual and Marxist) to destroy a child like faith and debase the child.
Which is not what we should do. We should instead be careful in selecting what we fill our children with.
9 “Only be careful for yourself and watch over your soul diligently, so that you do not forget the things which your eyes have seen and they do not depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons and your grandsons. 10 Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Assemble the people to Me, that I may have them hear My words so that they may learn to fear Me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’ 11 You came forward and stood at the foot of the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire to the heart of the heavens: darkness, cloud, and thick gloom. 12 Then the Lord spoke to you from the midst of the fire; you heard the sound of words, but you saw no form—there was only a voice. 13 So He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments; and He wrote them on two tablets of stone. 14 The Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, so that you would perform them in the land where you are going over to take possession of it.Deuteronomy 4:9-14
6 In pointing out these things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the good doctrine which you have been following. 7 But stay away from worthless stories that are typical of old women. Rather, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; 8 for bodily training is just slightly beneficial, but godliness is beneficial for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance. 10 For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all mankind, especially of believers.
11 Prescribe and teach these things. 12 Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. 13 Until I come, give your attention to the public reading, to exhortation, and teaching. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was granted to you through words of prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders. 15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. 16 Pay close attention to yourself and to the teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.1 Timothy 4:6-16
I’m writing this at a time when the schools are weaponized by critical race theory and the rainbow/transgender lobby who want kids on puberty blockers and anyone white hating themselves. It will be soon, quite soon, when the Christian teachers won’t be able to work in state schools because the new idols for the schools are being mandated by the department of education and their worship will be in Maori and mandatory.
We need to get such influences out of people’s lives, and that includes the current propaganda masquerading as the mass media, the entertainment industry, and the woke teaching of most universities.
This will happen, as will the subsequent voting with feet. (It won’t just be the for profit universities and colleges closing: it will be primary schools, secondary schools, and established universities. Tenure does not mean much if your department is cut because the budget is tight).
So, pull your kids out of schools, and teach them. It helps if the mother is educated sufficiently to do this: not in the current educational fashion, but can read, can write, can keep the books, because the Victorian methods of phonics, memorization (times tables and poetry) and the reading of old books is a good start. Resources are available:
The purpose of The Junior Classics is to provide, in ten volumes containing about five thousand pages, a classified collection of tales, stories, and poems, both ancient and modern, suitable for boys and girls of from six to sixteen years of age. The boy or girl who becomes familiar with the charming tales and poems in this collection will have gained a knowledge of literature and history that will be of high value in other school and home work. Here are the real elements of imaginative narration, poetry, and ethics, which should enter into the education of every child. This collection, carefully used by parents and teachers with due reference to individual tastes and needs, will help many children enjoy good literature. It will inspire them with a love of good reading, which is the best possible result of any elementary education. The child himself should be encouraged to make his own selections from this large and varied collection, the child’s enjoyment being the object in view. A real and lasting interest in literature or in scholarship is only to be developed through the individual’s enjoyment of his mental occupations.Castalia House Junior Classics.
Read to your child. Have devotions. Memorize scripture. Many would argue, and I would comment, memorizing the catechism. Show them how to maintain things, grow things, care for things. Do not neglect scripture: do not neglect those Christian authors who have fired the imaginations of generations.
Mistrust modern books. I’d rather children were building treehouses than being in front of screens. And, by looking to the old ways, we will firstly master ourselves, then teach that mastery to our children.
And yes, this can be done. We have found ourselves having to teach when teachers have given up. And we find that people can learn, will learn, with patience and support. Which is one reason that the schoolhouse in the home generally gets better results than industrialized education.
But in this, and the current quest for good schools and credentials (I think this moral panic will stop soon because people won’t be able to afford that luxury) are not the important thing. We need to tell, above all, our children about God.
And persevere in this teaching, in prayer, and in the word, when it appears that your teaching and effort are not leading to any change. God will bring change in his time and in his way.