Millennia ago, the Psalmist praised his God, “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1). Our children may not have to face a Goliath, but they too have been born into a war, and it's a war that the church is not necessarily winning. When surveys indicate that well over half of today's professing Christian teens will fall away from their faith within a decade, it's time to ask what is wrong. Nearly three decades ago, Jerry Bridges gave us a hint in The Pursuit of Holiness.
“The third thing we must understand about indwelling sin is that it tends to deceive our understanding or reasoning. Our reason, enlightened by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God, stands in the way of sin gaining mastery over us through our desires. Therefore Satan's great strategy is to deceive our minds... Deceit of the mind is carried on by degrees, little by little. We are first drawn away from watchfulness, then from obedience. We become like Ephraim, of whom God said, ‘Foreigners sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice’ (Hosea 7:9).”
Our generation finds itself in a battle of ideas, a warfare in which the weapons are wielded to no less effect because they crush spirit and faith rather than flesh and blood. Nonetheless, our children often leave the relative safety of home and find themselves hurled into this war with only minimal preparation; insufficient even to confidently stand upon their own beliefs, let alone heed the injuction to always be “ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (I Peter 3:15).
And that is why Living the Answer LLC exists. Our goal is to teach youth to think well, to be comfortable in the realm of ideas. Our range of classes offers invaluable education for a variety of ages. Whether teaching a 12-year-old basic thinking and communication skills that will allow her to write a five-paragraph essay today and witness to a skeptical college roommate tomorrow, or preparing a high school student to understand the unapologetic postmodernism that he will encounter in English 101, we desire to come alongside parents and work with them to prepare their children to be the men and women of God they were created to be.
Ultimately, there's no more exhilarating task. Not only are we worshiping God with our minds, we are fighting a battle that has already been won. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:3-5).