One of the things I have long noted as a lifelong homeschooler is how limited the perspective of most of my fellow American Christians is because of their schooling. We don’t have context for our own experience. Even those who escape from the cultural narrative tend to focus on only narrow fields, such as the American Founding Fathers or European culture.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. Matthew 24:4–5
It is rare for me to run across someone who understands how normal, and even still unusually favorable, the cultural conditions we are sinking into are for Christians. Few places and times have been in alignment with true Christianity. Most of the world still isn’t and we still have a ways to go before dropping to the level most of humanity has endured through the millennia.
We need to recover our Lord’s command to think counterculturally and be proactive in developing our understanding of the world.
No longer can parents assume the school staff, students, workplace, and society as a whole will teach their children how to live wholesome lives. This has actually been true all along, but for over a hundred years (from the time of enforced public education) we didn’t feel the pain of watching our youth reject everything God stands for enough to wake up.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1Timothy 4:1
So, once we realize we won’t be getting cultural help training ourselves and our children, what do we do?
Learn to think. Learn to recognize lies even when they are packaged in beautiful truths. Learn to construct a worldview that is internally consistent and in alignment with God’s Word.
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter 3:3–4
This website mostly focuses on the foundational understanding that God is Creator and we can trust him when he tells us how and when he created everything. But this is only a small area in the wider field of apologetics.
Today I’m passing along a link to Bryan Melugin’s new free resource:
He’s tackling some of the biggest concepts out there. Some of the foundational ideas that allow us to build a solid worldview and give us the tools to evaluate truth claims. It’s not a quick read, but Bryan is extraordinarily easy to keep up with on such potentially difficult concepts.
While I haven’t read every word of this book, I have watched many of his videos discussing the same ideas. I’ve always found him informative and entertaining. I’m never tempted to cross my eyes and give up. And I hope you and your beloved young people will find his ideas equally helpful and enjoyable!
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:6–8