Friday, May 15, 2009

A Wake Up Call

Ken Ham and Anthony

Wake Up Christians, Wake Up Church, and Wake Up America!

Last night my husband, oldest son and I went to see Ken Ham at a benefit banquet for the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR). I had heard a lot about Mr. Ham but had never seen him or heard him speak. Mr. Ham encouraged us to support ABR. He said that he doesn't usually lend his open support to other organizations, (Mr. Ham is the founder of the Answers in Genesis organization and the Creation Museum in Ohio), but that he has found that ABR stands for the same things that his organization stands for.

Mr. Ham gave a wonderful talk. His message was titled "Understanding the loss of Biblical Authority in church and the culture and its connection to attacks and compromise on the book of Genesis". It was powerful and I left feeling a fire burning within me to inform people of what I learned in his message.

He shared that the U.S. is becoming less Christian even though we currently have more Christian resources than ever before.

He also shared how President Obama made a statement, that, though sad, seems to be quite true of our nation and that is: "The present, in this sense, is less about the death of one God, it is more about the birth of many gods."

Mr. Ham pointed out that our culture has gone from a Jewish (believing in one God) culture to a Greek (believing in many gods) culture. He said that we need to "de-Greek-ize" our culture. He shared the Seven C's of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation. He referred to Genesis chapters 1 through 11 many times throughout the evening.

He shared that from the beginning of time, there has been an attack on God's word. It is what the serpent used in the garden with Eve, when he said to her, "You will not surely die?" (Genesis 3:4) After Eve had told the serpent that "God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die'." So, here the serpent was attacking God's word, which is what scientists, atheists, and others have been doing in our culture ever since.

Mr. Ham shared that our culture likes to say that they have succeeded in taking "religion" out of the schools. "However," Mr. Ham states, "they did not take "religion" out of the schools. They took "Christianity" out of the schools and they have replaced it with atheism.

He has a new book that is to be released soon, entitled Already Gone. It explains and shows research regarding how the students in public schools are "already gone" spiritually. Even if they attend church, they are not really present mentally or spiritually. Research shows that public school students begin to question the Bible and its truth in elementary school and the number grows in junior and senior high school. Mr. Ham reported that 90% of Christians have their children in public schools and he hinted that it is not the right place for them. He also mentioned about the Bible saying that parents are responsible for what their children are taught.

The research also shows that adults who attended Sunday school regularly believed less in the truth of the Bible than those who only attended Sunday school occasionally. Mr. Ham explained that the reason for this is because our Sunday school classes are being taught by volunteers, who may not have enough Biblical training or knowledge to be teaching Sunday school, and when students ask questions, their Sunday school teachers are unable to answer the questions.

Mr. Ham also explained how, in Sunday school classes, children are taught Bible stories. And, he explained that the word story means "fairy tale". Therefore, children grow up thinking that all the Bible stories, are simply just nice stories, but aren't really true. Mr. Ham suggests that Sunday school lessons be referred to as Bible History Lessons instead of Bible stories since that is truly what they are.

Mr. Ham said that the problem in our culture/country today is that we have turned our backs on God's authority and that we need to get back to God's authority. He said the solution to the problem is found in Isaiah 58:12: "Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings." Mr. Ham said that we have to start at the foundation and work our way up because our culture did not change from the top down. It began with an attack on the foundation and that is where we must begin to rebuild.

I would like to just say that I have seen many young people who are "already gone". It was quite apparent in a junior high girls' Sunday school class that I was trying to reach for Christ and to teach the truth of God's word to. They didn't want to hear it. They complained that it was boring. They argued that they had heard other things in school or from other people. They already did not believe. These were junior high girls who were attending public school, where they are taught things like humanism, atheism, and relative morality.

This is a big reason that we homeschool.
We want our children to believe in God's word and in our Lord Jesus Christ. We want our children to know the truth of God’s word and to hold the same beliefs that we do. I seriously urge all Christians to seriously look at what is really going on in the public schools and, if you plan on keeping your children there, get active on the school board and speak up. There is also the option of Christian schools. I know that they are expensive. Of course, my strongest recommendation is to homeschool because then you are being obedient to God’s word: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Yes, homeschooling is a big commitment and requires self-discipline. It also takes a certain amount of sacrifice. But, aren’t your children worth it? It’s really not that difficult or that expensive to homeschool and the benefits are huge.

I would just like to end this post with what Ken Ham said: "We need to get back to the authority of God's word."

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