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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
June 1998 - 18[6]:48

Protecting Our Childen—a Precious Heritage
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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In the January 1993 issue of Reason & Revelation, I authored a feature article titled, “Why Are We Losing Our Children?” Two years later, in January 1995, I penned a companion piece on “The Spiritual Endangerment of a Child.” Both articles apparently struck a nerve; we received so many requests for copies that we had to reprint each of them—twice! At the time, it was clear to me that our children were being endangered, and that we were losing them to the world. I wish I could say, years later, that the tide has turned. The evidence, however, suggests that it has not.

A few weeks ago, I received a telephone call from a distraught Christian mother. Her teenage son had come home from school that day, and announced that he no longer believed in God. It was, literally, every parent’s nightmare. She was forlorn, and desperately in need of help. Her precious heritage—the child who was the fruit of her womb and the light of her life—was in danger of losing both his faith and his soul. Her plea was that I meet with her son, in a last-ditch effort to help restore his belief in God. A day or so later, I boarded a jet on a mission of mercy to a faraway city. Who among us could refuse such a plea? Who among us—if our child were in the same situation—would dare hesitate to cry out for help in a similar fashion?

As I traveled, I could not get the words of the psalmist out of my mind: “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord” (127:3). Simultaneously, Reuben’s words to his brothers (who had sold their brother, Joseph, into slavery) rang in my ears: “Spake I not unto you, ‘Do not sin against the child,’ and ye would not hear?” (Genesis 42:22). As the father of two sons, I sympathized with this Christian mother’s plight of possibly losing her own son. As the friend in whom she had placed her last hope of retrieving that son’s faith, I trembled at the prospect of failure.

Surely none among us professes to have all the answers. At the same time, however, surely none among us is willing to throw up our arms in defeat, nestle our heads in our hands in quiet surrender, and simply give up. While it is not my prerogative to speak for others, speaking for myself I wish to say: No! I will not accept defeat. I will not walk away in quiet surrender. I will not give up! The costs—a child’s soul and a parent’s grief—are far too high. The consequences—an eternity away from the presence of God—are far too grave.

Enough is enough! We can be “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37)—if we will not give up. Let us make up our minds, here and now, to do everything within our power to protect our children. Let us teach them diligently the evidences for God’s existence, the deity of Christ, the uniqueness of His church, and their special place in His creation. Those of us associated with the work of Apologetics Press want you to know that we are committed, unreservedly, to the protection of this precious heritage—our children. If we can help you, please call on us. We are here to serve.

PS: After meeting with the young man for many hours, his belief in God once again was in place. God won; the Devil lost. But Satan will return to fight another day.



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