Driving to work this morning I heard a news story that stated that millennials (those born after 1980 and who come to age around 2000) generally believe in heaven but are less likely to believe in God. If there was ever a statement that so clearly illustrates how our culture has abandoned Biblical truth it is that one. How in the world can there be a heaven if there is no God? How does one arrive at that conclusion, that belief, in any reasonable or logical way?
The reason, of course, is that these young people were not taught God’s Word and let’s be perfectly clear: This education is the parent’s responsibility. Decades ago a parent could count on some help teaching moral instruction from the school system, but that is no longer the case. When Dr. Brad Harrub was at Jersey Village this past fall, he showed a slide that documented the rise in immorality in our society (defined as crime rates, divorce rates, out of wedlock births, drug and alcohol use, etc.) since prayer was removed from the public schools in 1962. The numbers are appalling and completely and totally indefensible by those who push a progressive agenda. For example, after 1963, teen pregnancies went up 187% in the next 15 years. Sexually transmitted diseases among teens went up 226% in the next 12 years. Violent crimes rose 533% over next couple of decades. Is all of this a coincidence? I don’t believe that it is. When God is not taught, when truth is not emphasized, there are real consequences.
Today, after 50 years of a public school system without God, we are seeing the results in polls like that taken by Pew Research last year. It stated that 25% of millennials are not religious – they either don’t believe in God or they just don’t care. And the results of their lack of teaching from God’s Word are seen in their views as described in the Pew findings: “In their social and political views, young adults are clearly more accepting than older Americans of homosexuality, more inclined to see evolution as the best explanation of human life and less prone to see Hollywood as threatening their moral values.”
Please don’t misunderstand me: I am not stating it is the public school’s job to teach our kids about the Bible and about God. However, what I am saying is that parents must understand that what their children are learning in public school is, in some cases, the EXACT OPPOSITE of what the Bible teaches. If parents are going to hand over their kids to spend 8 hours a day in a “God free” environment, then parents must make sure that their children understand the truth and are prepared to defend it. The point I am making is this: If parents don’t do their job at home in teaching their children about God, they can have no reasonable expectation that anyone else will do it for them.
I applaud Christian parents who make the commitment to teach their children God’s Word. God instructed Israel, “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Deuteronomy 6:6,7, NKJV). Christian parents have an incredibly important responsibility to raise up their children “in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4). Our kids need to learn very early in life the goodness of God and the truth of His Word. Parents must make it their top priority to raise up children who are strong enough to stand against Satan’s schemes and who recognize that their goal is to not ‘fit in’ with the world, but rather that they have been called out of the world, to be a people who belong to the Lord.
To believe that there is a heaven, but to not believe in God, reminds me that Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God placed eternity in the hearts of all men. All people desire heaven, even when they don’t understand what it is or how they can get there. Too many people are groping around in the darkness of the world and they must be taught the truth. God has given us that job and, undeniably, our responsibility begins at home by teaching our own children.