Darryl's thoughts on the Christian Faith, Facts, and World Events
Christian parents often mistakenly act as if they don’t talk about evolution with their children, that it will go away. Evolution permeates all secular children’s books, videos, and education. Even if your child goes to a Christian school that teaches creation, the books in the library or the videos that they watch from the earliest ages will all have a secular evolutionary worldview, unless they come from explicitly Christian sources. It is good that some youth ministries are beginning to deal with apologetics issues related to evolution however, even this is not sufficient by itself. It may be a case of too little, too late. Churches only have the opportunity to teach children and youth for only a fraction of the time of schools, peers, and media. The church cannot be expected to counter-act the entire onslaught of the evolution theory let alone the entire secular worldview.
I focus on the theory of evolution because unless our children develop a robust Biblical worldview related to creation, they cannot be expected to maintain a Christian perspective on other issues (abortion or LGBTQ+ issues etc.) in the face of even greater social, political, and even economic pressure in the future. The book of Genesis is foundational to the Christian worldview in these and many other areas. If Genesis is just a fictional story, then it has no authority to shape our worldview. Evolution is often the spearhead or the camel’s nose in the tent that will undermine our children’s entire Christian worldview, if they are left unvaccinated against it.
Here are some practical steps that can help us vaccinate our children against the theory of evolution and establish a foundation for dealing with other controversial topics from a Biblical worldview.
These are just a few hints to get us started. It is never too early to talk about these issues, in an age appropriate way. Before coming under conviction and believing in Christ at the age of five, my mother had been teaching me to memorize Bible verses since three. If you have any questions or need recommendations of additional resources feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org .
A Christian Apologist, Author, Missionary, Husband, and Father. Darryl has an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University (CA), an MA in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University (CA), and a BA in Political Science from Truman State University (MO).