Today at The Sparrow’s Home, I’m pleased to share with you a guest post by a friend of mine. Angela is passionate about Scripture, truth, and Conservative politics. You can find a link to her blog Live. Hope. Believe. at the end of the post. She wrote this article recently and I’m reprinting it here with her permission.
What’s happening to our kids?
That’s a question I ask myself quite frequently this election year, perhaps because on social media many young adults’ political views are on display and you realize what they are REALLY thinking. And it’s scary.
Once in awhile, I will view a post on Facebook of a college student or young adult (mid-20’s or below) whose liberal ideology is in direct opposition of the conservative Christian viewpoint in which I know they were raised ~ which leads me to ask, “what is happening to our kids?”
Is the transition to liberal ideologies occurring before they even leave the home? Is it happening in our public schools, the reason why so many Christians choose to withdraw from the system and homeschool their children? Is it their liberal college professors whose logical reasoning and supreme intellectualism introduces our kids to a new way of thinking, without the support of mom and dad there to point out the errors in their lofty pontificating lectures?
Just last night as I sat and watched my son play soccer, a young college woman mentioned that during her Sociology class the professor was able to turn everyone into voting for Hillary by the time her lecture was over. The young woman remarked, “They were so easily persuaded.”
Could that be part of the puzzle? “If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.” Perhaps we are not grounded enough to know what we think and believe, so when someone comes along with a reasonable sounding opinion, we can be easily persuaded. The same can be said for our faith, as well as our politics. Our Christian kids often go off to college as Christ followers, only to come home as agnostics, or worse. They could not have been that strongly convicted of their faith, if someone can talk them out of it!
The Apostle Paul writes young Timothy from prison, convinced- certain of his faith in his Lord Jesus Messiah for whom he is suffering: “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” I Timothy 1:12.
He says in Romans 14:14, “I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself…” Paul KNEW what he believed. He was 100% convinced, fully persuaded and confident in His Lord. He wasn’t double minded. He wasn’t unsure. He had taken the time (14 years after his conversion) to work it out and be convinced.
Have our kids spent the time working out the details of their faith? Have we? So that the things that cause us to doubt or to question are answered, so that we do not waiver when questioned or challenged? Do they know how to perceive the world with a Biblical worldview? Do they understand how socialism and communism use a utopia-ideology that prays upon their compassion for the poor…yet are destructive philosophies of man that has resulted in millions of murders of innocent people when implemented in countries?
And when we consider the prevalence of liberal, non-Christian ideologies out there in the world, is it any wonder that the majority of Americans cannot withstand the pull to become what is around them?
These concepts are everywhere, bombarding us 24-7 in our curriculums, in our schools, in our colleges, taught by our professors, on our television and radios in every media news source in existence, in our music, in our youtube videos, in our movies, in our television shows, on our social media accounts, in our novels, and in our friends’ minds, coming out of their mouths and behaviors.
Can you stand against it? Whether we want it or not, it permeates our minds and transforms us, conforming us into the image of our friends around us, conforming us into the world. What we think, we become.
Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 to be careful of this very thing! “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Don’t be like the world! Be different, and instead of conforming to the world around you, be changed by renewing your mind!
The New Living Translation puts it this way: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
How do we change the way we think? How do we renew our minds?
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8.
We fix our minds, we focus, on what is true. We spend time reading and meditating on the word of God to allow Him to change our thoughts to be more in line with His way of thinking, His way of viewing the world. It takes intentionality. It takes purpose. And it takes the desire to seek out truth that might not line up to what we’ve been hearing all around us. It’s not easy. In fact, it’s extremely difficult.
When we have already developed a belief or an opinion about something and we are challenged on it, we will seek out sources that will substantiate what we already think. We don’t want to listen to anything contrary to this. It even can be applied to our theology. If we buy into a certain aspect of our faith and then someone challenges us on it – they may or may not be right. We may or may not be wrong. It takes a strong person to look honestly, without self-deception, at one’s beliefs, consider the arguments, the evidence, and come to a different conclusion. Some Christians are so certain of what they believe, to the point that even when they believe an error and are shown truth and proof, they cannot be persuaded to change their minds.
But truth matters.
It’s such a fine, precarious line, is it not? To be certain of our beliefs, yet still hold a humility that allows us to be teachable and to accept when we might be wrong. Is that possible? Why of course. With God, all things are possible. We only need to ask Him for His Spirit, His wisdom, His understanding and knowledge and seek HIS input on ALL things, even our politics.
Proverbs 9:8-9 tells us, “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, Reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.”
We want to be wise. We want our children to be wise. And the key is the humility to seek our Most High God in all things and ask. He will not disappoint us. He will renew our minds and conform us into the image of His Son. And as believers, we continue to engage in our culture and be unafraid and courageous to talk, to debate, to share our thoughts and beliefs, our hearts, our faith, and our love for others, even when they seem completely lost. Hopefully, it’s only temporary. May they come home soon.
[By: Angela Moore. Angela blogs at Live. Hope. Believe. Click here for original post.]
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This is a great book: Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth