I want to start this by telling you that I have not read the Rob Bell book. I have hesitated to even talk about it because it has been such a big deal everywhere and I try to apply 1 Thess. 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you” to mind my own business. Then the Rob Bell issue hit a little closer to home and I can’t help myself because I think we as Christian leaders are partly to blame.
Why? Glad you asked. We have not taught people to think with a biblical worldview. We have not shown others how to open God’s word and study it and allow God to reveal His Word to us. We have lost the ability to think for ourselves based on what we know to be TRUE from God’s word. Why? We don’t know God’s word so how in world would we know if someone is saying something to contradict his Word. We only know what others say the Bible says – we don’t know for ourselves what the Word says to us. There was a recent study on biblical knowledge in the evangelical world and it is truly embarrassing.
Of anything I am called to do for my children it is to teach them how to think, to think based on what God’s Word says. This is basis of Deut. 6. That we in grain God’s word in our kids so much so that it changes how they think about everything. We are commanded to do so for us and for our kids.
But we have failed. I have failed. I have allowed other people to tell me what God’s word says, I have allowed the world to infiltrate how I think about things. Our consequence – we have a books, preachers, and people telling us things that counteract what God’s word says and we don’t even know it. The saddest statement is the fact that we can’t read a book or watch a movie and point out what is against God’s law because we don’t know God’s law.
I was reading a book called “Age of Opportunity” by Tripp and it is on raising teenagers and he says something that changed my view on raising teenagers. In essence, he says that we have to allow our kids the opportunity to see parts of this world so that we can allow the Holy Spirit to convict and do His work. Meaning, there are times we are going to have to let them see parts of the world – how could they not – we are surrounded by it but from that they must make a decision. Will I obey the world or God?
Do you see how this all fits together? It is our job as parents when our kids are young to develop in them a deep understanding of God’s word. Deut. 6 says that “These commandments that I give you today are to be on 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” They should know it so well that when something enters their mind or they are confronted by an idea that goes against what God says – warning bells go off.
We, I need to know the word so well that I can encounter anything of this world that comes against me and be able to recognize if it is truth or not. I should be able to read something and then prayerfully go through a mental checklist of biblical scriptures that apply to that circumstance. If we got to this point, Rob Bell or whoever the next big controversy that comes up. It won’t be a big deal. We will be able to stand for truth on our own two feet. We will know the truth and the truth will set us free.
If you don’t even know where to start to build your understanding of God’s word – a good place is to go to David Platt’s Secret Church and listen to the Old and New Testament Survey’s. This will give you an overview of how to understand the whole bible. Then go through the How to Study Your Bible and work your way through all of the Secret Churches studies. You will thank me.