[Notice: I’m on vacation for August. So this month’s devotionals are some favourites from the past few years – and also previews of my upcoming book: “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day In A Biblical, Relevant Way.” Enjoy!]
British Columbia pastor Mark Clark was getting a lot of criticism from people.
They said that because he consistently read his kids the Bible and explained who Jesus was (and is), and because he explained God’s hope for the world, that he was “brainwashing” them.
If you’re a person of faith, have you ever been criticized like that?
I love how Mark replied. He said that he wasn’t the one doing the brainwashing. Our culture was doing that!
TV shows are doing it! he replied. Some music is doing it! A hundred other things are doing it!
(By now I’ve hopefully got you thinking. Your blood might even be starting to boil.)
So what do you do?
1. Be suspicious and proactive about the one thousand cultural messages that are bombarding you and your family every single day… about things like values, power, sexuality, identity, and the meaning of life.
2. Be confident about what the Bible teaches.
Recently I was reading Philippians 2:15 where Paul encourages his readers to be “blameless and pure” as children of God in the midst of a “warped and crooked generation.” They are to shine “like stars in the sky.”
That wisdom still stands.
So shine. And don’t be bullied into snuffing out your candle.
If you are humbly, lovingly and consistently learning and teaching God’s word, you’re not the one who’s doing the brainwashing.
By Matthew Ruttan