Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Parents are the Solution to Biblical Illiteracy

Last week Al Mohler wrote an article called, "The Scandal of Biblical Illiteracy:  It's Our Problem," in which he pointed to the rising and alarming problem of Biblical illiteracy in America.
Fewer than half of all adults can name the four gospels. Many Christians cannot identify more than two or three of the disciples. According to data from the Barna Research Group, 60 percent of Americans can’t name even five of the Ten Commandments. “No wonder people break the Ten Commandments all the time. They don’t know what they are,” said George Barna, president of the firm. The bottom line? “Increasingly, America is biblically illiterate.”
This should come as no surprise.  Researches have been warning us for a long time about America's increasing ignorance of the Bible.  But the reason I want to refer you to this article is because of Dr. Mohler's solution, with which I wholeheartedly agree.
Recovery starts at home.  Parents are to be the first and most important educators of their own children, diligently teaching them the Word of God.  [See Deuteronomy 6:4-9.]  Parents cannot franchise their responsibility to the congregation, no matter how faithful and biblical it may be.  God assigned parents this non-negotiable responsibility, and children must see their Christian parents as teachers and fellow students of God's Word.
That's what we're passionate about at Church Acadiana.  Our vision is to equip parents to reach the next generation.  Many churches are passionate about reaching the next gen, but their strategy is inadequate to the task.  Reaching the next gen requires not merely the involvement of parents, but that parents take the driver's seat in discipling their kids.  Fathers must get back to family worship, and to catechizing their kids. 

At Church Acadiana we equip parents for home discipleship, and then we enable families to do church together, rather than dividing the family.  Parents don't drop their kids off with somebody else.  Instead they keep their kids with them so that they can continue to train them at church.  Parents aren't allowed to "franchise" their responsibility to the church.  They are equipped to teach their children at home.

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