Dear Parents, Grandparents, Pastors and Church Leaders,
I’m sure that you would agree that our children are part of a massive mission field – a mission field that has been neglected. They demand our utmost attention and our highest priority. Yet far too many children in our families, in our churches and in our communities are being discipled in ways that are contrary to what the Bible teaches. This cannot continue.
Our Lord and Savior gave us clear instructions in Matthew 28:19-20 to “make disciples of all the nations… teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” While international missionary support is necessary, we simply cannot ignore the growing great need here at home with our own children. (Mark 8:36; Prov. 17:24)
It is bad enough that children are failing to meet proficiency standards in English Language Arts, Math and Science, but now the focus of school time is on social engineering, humanistic training, sexual immorality, revisionist history and other godless subject matters. Right here in Illinois, a shocking number of kids hear messages about choosing their gender or embracing an LGBTQ lifestyle … and our state lawmakers just mandated “comprehensive sex ed” for kids as young as kindergarten.
Not only are these issues occurring in Illinois and other states, but the federal Equality Act – which the LGBTQ lobby badly wants passed – will use the full power of the federal government to enshrine many of these practices across the nation while eliminating all protections from churches, private schools and religious organizations.
We believe that the godless indoctrination that is already well underway in our public schools (not by every teacher), is one of the reasons we see so many of our children leaving the faith when they are out of high school.
An article titled U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time paints a very bleak picture of the health of the Church. Using data from Gallup polls, the article states that only 47% of Americans now say they belong to a church, synagogue, or mosque, which is down from 50% in 2018, and 70% in 1999. According to the article,
“U.S. church membership was 73% when Gallup first measured it in 1937 and remained near 70% for the next six decades, before beginning a steady decline around the turn of the 21st century.”
There are many variables, but the one that has had the greatest obvious impact on this decline is public education, which has aggressively nurtured our cultural drift away from God. The good news is that we live in a state and nation with amazing individual and religious liberties. There are many good educational choices that would enable parents/grandparents, and church leaders to pass on their faith to their children by teaching them biblical truth and to train them up in the instruction of the Lord.
|David E. Smith, Executive Director
Illinois Family Institute
P.O. Box 876
Tinley Park, IL 60477Main: (708) 781-9328
|Rev. Ceasar LeFlore, Field Director
Public School Exit Initiative
P.O. Box 876
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477Cell: (708) 378-4712