Preview: The War on Children

Preview: The War on Children

This is an article series I never thought I would be compelled to write.  Growing up it never occurred to me that things would come to such a state in the western world that a series such as this would need to be written. Yet, it has come to this.  There is a war being waged, undeclared and silently, against children. The casualties are far too many to count. The dead number in the hundreds of millions while the walking wounded are simply innumerable.  Our culture has plummeted so far off the proverbial cliff that we have all but declared war on the most vulnerable among us.  How did it come to this?

Unfortunately, while it is tempting to blame the culture for this horrible situation, the blame cannot be exclusively placed on the culture. In fact, I would argue the majority of the blame on the church.  Jesus said “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5:13-14).  The command in context was given as part of the Sermon on the Mount, delivered directly to Christ’s followers. How has the church done with the command to be salt and light?

While the command to be salt and light was not specifically meant for the church to attempt to change the culture, it was meant for the church to influence the culture. There are a lot of ways to do that, but the primary one is the command given in Matthew 28:19-20. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” Our evangelistic efforts, which incidentally are a direct command of the Lord, cannot help but have an influence on the culture.  2 Corinthians reminds us that “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” In other words, salvation will, of necessity, change the way a person thinks and acts in definite ways.

Unfortunately, much of the American church has turned to politics as its preferred way to influence the culture, rather than evangelism. A 2019 poll from George Barna discovered that nearly half of Christian millennials feel it is wrong to evangelize[1]. While these numbers may be skewed slightly low as Barna defines Christian as anyone who calls themselves such, this is still much lower than it should be. It is apparent that the church is not influencing the culture. In fact, instead of influencing the culture, the church is being influenced by the culture. Just as an example, in 2014, Pew Research Forum did a study in which, among other things, they asked Christians for their view of homosexuality. 54% believed homosexuality should be accepted[2]. Again, they had a broad definition of Christian, but the fact that it jumped ten percent since the previous survey in 2007 is worrying at best.

Due to this shift away from Christianity, morality and general decency has rapidly declined.  This rapid decline in morality has plummeted onto the next generation, causing a downward spiral with no end in sight.  This book is intended to illuminate just what is going on in the culture on multiple fronts. It will also attempt to put these attacks in a Biblical perspective and explain what God’s people can do to respond to the continued attacks on our young people.  Children always have been very special to God so, as Christians, it behooves us to pay close attention to the war being waged in the culture against children and stand up to defend them wherever possible.  “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:5-6

 

References

[1] “Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials Say Evangelism is Wrong.” Barna.com February 5, 2019 Accessed June 12, 2019. https://www.barna.com/research/millennials-oppose-evangelism/

[2] “Views About Homosexuality in Christians.” Pew Research Forum Accessed June 12, 2019 https://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/christians/christian/views-about-homosexuality/

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