“And [Jesus] spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his [teacher]: but every one that is perfect shall be as his [teacher].”
How careful should parents and pastors be in selecting teachers and leaders for their children? Would you consider going to the campus of a state university and randomly recruiting the first people you encounter as your children’s teachers? Would it matter is they were Christian believers with moral character and a strong faith? Would it matter what they believe about the authority of Scripture, basic biblical doctrines such as creation, sin, and redemption, or issues such as abortion, marriage, and sexual orientation? Bear in mind the warning Jesus gave in Luke 6:39-40. Since our children will be like their teachers, we must take great care in choosing those who teach them. But do we?
We are very familiar with the influence on children’s beliefs by “teachers” such as television, video games, and sport and movie celebrities, but there is another influential group who teach our children every day—their textbooks. Nine out of ten American K-12th grade children attend a public school in which the textbooks, by law, must be free of any teaching about God. When compared with the teachings of Scripture, these textbook lessons run the spectrum from neutral at best to totally antithetical at worst. . . . Not surprisingly, many youths, exposed to unbiblical teachings in high school and college, leave the church and their faith behind, some permanently and others for a season. . . .
So how much poison does it take to render the water in a good well unfit to drink? In my personal experience, it does not take much. The truth of Jesus’ caveat that our children will look like their teachers is regrettably obvious in the growing number of youths leaving their church and faith and the growing antipathy of our culture for truth about God, Scripture, the church, sexuality and gender, marriage, the sanctity of life, and many other issues.
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