Why, after 13 years, 5 days per week of public school, do 70-75% of evangelical Christian youth leave the Church?
Reseachers David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons identified six broad themes they say explain this massive exodus. based upon their research, 16-29 year olds report hypocracy within the Church, a hyper focus on evangelism, being antihomosexual, being sheltered, being too political, and being judgemental were the reasons they have rejected their parents faith. There is no doubt all of this exist in todays self-centered culture and unfortunately this has penetrated deep into the evangelical Church. I would propose a much deeper, deliberate action that has taken place that has led to perversion of Christ teachings which is now manifesting into the mentioned six motifs. Perhaps the 13 years of humanistic teaching explains the reason.
Many people view Humanism as mere fiction, a creation of the religious right, even though many who hold to this view will argue humanism doesn’t exist. Nonetheless, Humanism, also known as Secular Humanism, is a real worldview that is adhered to by many intellectuals and leaders in the 20th and 21st centuries. Another fact that must be acknowledged is that Humanism is the only religious worldview allowed in the public schools. Humanism is a religious worldview based upon theological atheism, philosophical naturalism, biological spontaneous generation, moral relativism, legal positivism, and political globalism. It is important to point out a distinctions must be made here. An individual does not need to call himself a Humanist to adhere to the basic components of the Humanist worldview.
Secular Humanism is an attempt to function as a civilized society with the exclusion of God and His moral principles. During the last several decades, Humanists have been very successful in propagating their beliefs. Their primary approach is to target the youth through the public school system. Humanist Charles F. Potter writes:
Education is thus a most powerful ally of humanism, and every American school is a school of humanism. What can a theistic Sunday school’s meeting for an hour once a week and teaching only a fraction of the children do to stem the tide of the five-day program of humanistic teaching?
John J. Dunphy, in his award winning essay illustrates this strategic focus:
The battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: A religion of humanity — utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to carry humanist values into wherever they teach. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new — the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism.
John Dewey, remembered for his efforts in establishing America’s current educational system and known by all whom work the education field. he is also one of the chief signers of the 1933 Humanist Manifesto. His pedagogic creed can be summed up by his own words:
I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living; I believe that education is the regulation of the process of coming to share in the social consciousness; and that adjustment of individual activity on the basis of this social consciousness is the only sure method of social reconstruction…I believe that every teacher is a social servant set apart for the maintenance of proper social order and the securing of the right social growth. I believe that in this way the teacher always is the prophet of the true God and the usher in of the true kingdom of God.
Is this what’s happening? I think the evidence is very compelling. The Humanists have been interested in America’s education system for over a century. They have been proclaiming their goals and objectives in the open. They have been absolutely successful in teaching children that God is imaginary and contrary to “science.”
It appears Jesus was right when he said “A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:40).