Today’s post is written by Deb del Villar – thanks Deb, for reminding us about truth!
Tooth decay is among the world’s most common health problems; especially in children, teens, and older adults. It seems that truth decay is not far behind!
Twenty-four percent of Americans believe the Bible is the literal Word of God while 26% view it as a book of fables, legends, history, and moral precepts recorded by man. Biblical skepticism has now for the first time surpassed Biblical literalism. There is indeed Truth Decay in our culture today!
Let’s talk about some ways to combat this trend – think brushing your teeth to combat tooth decay. The same principles can be used here to combat truth decay.
Tooth decay occurs due to several main factors. Eating foods that aren’t healthy and not brushing regularly allows sticky residue and bacteria to stay on the teeth. This can lead to a tiny opening or hole in the hard surface of the tooth as it eats away at the enamel. Frequent snacking and drinking of unhealthy drinks has the same effect. While this process does take time, left untreated it leads to severe toothache, infection, and even tooth loss.
Truth Decay occurs when we don’t give attention and proper care when it comes to teaching kids the truth of the Bible. Brush up on God’s Word – be sure to read the biblical account and not blindly trust the curriculum you are using. Go to the source – God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15). Focus not on the characters but on God – what is God doing? Allow God to teach you first, then you will be ready to share with the children.
Truth decay happens when we hang with the wrong people. Choose healthy friends and relationships. Has the world’s view of things crept into your teaching? Read, see, hear, and think on those things that are pleasing to the Lord. Stay away from those things and people that draw you away from the Him. The world’s philosophy is contrary to God’s Word and will eat away at your belief system. If you do come in contact with something that is contrary to the Bible – be quick to brush it off and away from you. Do not allow it to linger. Do not meditate on it. Ephesians 5:26 tells us that Christ cleanses or washes us by the water of His Word. If you allow Truth Decay to go on unchallenged, it will lead to unwanted and painful consequences. As you seek to combat Truth Decay, share with your children why and how you do it. They will need to be even more prepared in the future.
Lastly, put some teeth or should I say minty flavor into your teaching. I don’t know about you, but if I use a minty toothpaste I just feel cleaner and enjoy brushing more. Put the “mint’ into your teaching/parenting. Bring in actual photos of the places mentioned. Our kids love to see maps and find the places they are learning about. Look at what your lesson is about and find items and practical applications that will bring the lesson to life to today’s kids. For instance, if teaching on the tabernacle or temple, bring in a replica of the tabernacle or temple to add interest. Make God’s Word come to life — it is alive and sharper than any two edged sword – it should be exciting and engaging! Get them into God’s Word experiencing the truth of it.
Let’s combat truth decay like we fight tooth decay. Regular check-ups at the dentist, eating healthy, and developing good daily brushing and flossing habits go a long way in protecting your teeth from tooth decay. Regular interaction with God’s Word at home, developing good study habits, and coming together as a community of faith goes a long way in warding off Truth Decay.