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Monday, September 23, 2013
Raising Children of Light in a Culture of Darkness
Matt Barber "I do not want to drive across a bridge designed by an engineer who believed the numbers in structural stress models are relative truths." -R.C. Sproul

I was delighted to speak on Sunday at Faith Christian Center in Arlington, Texas. I joined that community of believers in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the church's affiliated school, St. Paul's Preparatory Academy. The topic of my discussion was "How to Raise Christian Children in Today's Culture."

As I was preparing my remarks, it occurred to me that raising children to both love and faithfully serve the Lord and Creator of the universe, Jesus Christ, is not unlike the primary goal of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, founder of Liberty University.

In 1971, Dr. Falwell launched Liberty-now the world's largest Christian university-and quickly got about the business of "training champions for Christ."

I submit that "raising Christian children in today's culture" and "training champions for Christ" are one and the same and that both fruitful endeavors stem from the same rich soil: truth.

But what is today's culture, exactly? What is a champion for Christ? And perhaps most importantly, what-or Who-is truth?

Merriam Webster's defines champion as "someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc." It is not merely a passing suggestion that Christian parents and educators train champions for Christ. It's a command given us by God Himself: "Start children off on the way they should go [train them], and even when they are old they will not turn from it" (Prov. 22:6, NIV).

We faithful are additionally tasked with an unambiguous calling on the way we (and our children) should go: "[Jesus] said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. read more
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