When a baseball pitcher throws a fast pitch, the speed of the ball is such that a person cannot react fast enough to make contact with the ball if they wait until the ball is too close to take a swing. The best players can anticipate where the ball is going it by examining the positioning of the opposing player, or by watching the pitcher's hand and ball release. They know where to look and what to look for and make adjustments accordingly.
Have you ever taken a swing AFTER the ball has passed because it all happened so fast?
Today, bad ideas come at us like fast balls.
In order for our students to recognize bad ideas, we must train them to see the signs and anticipate the delivery BEFORE the bad idea zooms past our eyes and into our brains unchecked. Simply put, we must take a lot of batting practice.
Great hitters do not wake up one day when they are old enough and suddenly come to a place where they can hit 95 mph fast balls or 80 mph curve balls. They train well over time. We too must train students to recognize bad ideas and to be able to combat these ideas with good, Biblical ideas.
Lest you think that bad ideas do not infiltrate our Christian school, homes, or our students, think again. HERE, I link to a recent Barna study done in collaboration with Summit Ministries. It found that only about 17% of PRACTICING CHRISTIANS have a Biblical Worldview. Most possess a worldview made up of some Biblical ideas mixed together with common ideas from the world or other religions and they do not even recognize it. Most of us are infected to some degree. Generally, it is worse among those under 45 years of age (our kids and many of us - yikes).
At Westminster, we confront bad ideas in a few different ways.
- In Bible class we talk specifically about the idea of Worldview. We examine what it means and examples of other worldviews that represent bad ideas.
- In history class we study entire governments and ideologies that were evil or bad so we do not repeat them.
- In literature we see contrasting lives and actions. We read about people who make bad choices and also about heroes who follow a good path.
- In math we come to understand there is a right way and a wrong way to solve problems.
- In science we explore bad ideas gone amuck while countering them with truth.
While Christians are tempted to stay out of the batter's box for fear of getting hit, we would rather teach students to hit a home run because they can recognize the bad idea BEFORE it hits them in the head or strikes them out. This takes a great deal of batting practice over some years.
We must look at bad ideas and confront them with truth.
Remember, our students WILL be thrown bad ideas from the media, friends, the internet, and more.
Are we as a school, or as Christian families, going to sit by and surrender the battle of ideas to the enemy, or will we stand on the Truth and take the Sword of the Spirit and go into battle for the hearts and minds of our kids and of all society?
Let's fight together!