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MESSAGE OF THE WEEK: A battle for our children’s souls

More than 80 percent of Clarksville is unchurched — meaning on any given Sunday, most are not attending any of the more than 300 area churches of every size, denomination and flavor. Why the sharp decline in church attendance? Is it that many people believe Christians are hypocrites? Is it because today’s Christianity is too loosely based on the Bible? Is it because we choose to follow fallible men in our pulpits rather than the infallible God?

Is it any surprise that the majority of our teens and children have no real knowledge of God? We talk to many young people who have never even heard of Jesus! How could that be in America today? We have the best news of all, yet most believers don’t share it. Why? Do we truly believe the whole of what the Bible says, or are we merely satisfied with getting just enough of God to ease our conscience?

We are failing to tell the next generation the truths about God and what His son, Jesus, did for us all, and our society is living proof. The problems certainly didn’t start with this generation, but all believers have the responsibility to be part of the solution. If we do not, then many of our children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors and countless others will likely spend eternity in hell, and Christians will be held accountable.

Jesus said “go and make disciples,” not just build big church buildings, do cool programs and whatever else it takes to attract the masses. Psalm 78:1-8 is one place in the Bible that addresses this issue. The long and short of it is that the children were to be taught of God’s strength, His wonderful works and His commandments. But if they were not, then future generations would cease to follow God’s Word. Has that happened? Absolutely! And with more than one generation, the evidence is all too clear.

We cannot be satisfied with the “handful” of people in our churches. Many churches have only senior citizens — no children at all. When the last of them pass on, that church will die. “But my church has lots of young people!” you might argue. Great! Are they being taught (and modeled) the truths of Scripture, and the importance of it permeating every area of their lives? We have young people in our area churches dying by suicide. Did you get that? Young people — church kids — right in our area, attending our churches practically every time the doors are open, who are dying by their own hand. How can they attend every week and not get that nothing is too hard for God? How can they not know Jesus is enough, and He is always with them? We must equip them to fight our adversary, Satan, not entertain them and teach them how to be good church kids.

We are in a battle for our children’s souls, and Satan is winning. It’s time to wake up! Christian parents should be taught and challenged to be parents and not friends, and that God’s Word is the standard to be taught and modeled. But many parents aren’t telling their children about Jesus because they themselves haven’t been told. All believers should be telling all the children. Why? Two good reasons: We are commanded to do so, and the children are our future.

But what if we don’t know enough Bible truths to share with the children? When learning a sport, we are taught, shown and corrected; we research, study, practice and practice some more. There is a lot of trial and error involved, but we do it anyway. It’s important to us. Sports won’t last forever, but souls do. Do whatever you need to do to prepare yourself to teach others. God will equip you. It’s His heart that none should perish. What else could you possibly need? It’s OK to admit that you need to learn more; we all do. Don’t let pride, laziness, busyness or fear stand in the way. Make it your top priority! We are in a battle for souls!

Romans 10:14 says “… how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” The word “preacher” isn’t just talking about those professionals speaking from a church pulpit. It means one who heralds or proclaims openly. It means you and me and ALL believers. Amen!

John and MagdaLynn McAllister are local missionary directors for the Greater Clarksville chapter of Child Evangelism Fellowship. Visit https://www.cefonline.com to learn more.

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