While teaching about dinosaurs at a family VBS recently, I came across several skeptics. Amazingly, these very vocal skeptics were 4 and 5 year olds. Almost everything I taught about dinosaurs that did not agree with the present evolutionary viewpoint, these little ones would pipe up that I was wrong. Some of the parents were embarrassed about the behavior of their children. A few of these parents came up to me afterwards to apologize. As we talked, these church attending parents began to realize how strongly the worldview of evolution had crept into their families.
On the last night, while teaching on the Origin of Man, I showed a picture of a tree shrew, asking the audience what kind of an animal they thought it was. One child responded, “A half-mouse, half-squirrel!” Another said, “A half–squirrel, half-chipmunk.” … “Half-monkey, half-lemur!”After about 4 half-animal responses, I noticed that almost everyone in the audience was smiling at the response of these children.
At this point I made a comment, “This animal in not a half-anything. It is 100% tree shrew. It is only because of evolutionary thinking that it would be half of anything.” The smiles stopped! The older kids and adults realized how far the evolutionary worldview had slithered into our lives.
Where do these children pick up these ideas of evolution? It is on television (unfortunately, even some Christian programming), in newspapers, computer games, magazines, schools, movies, museums, and even some churches. As parents, grand-parents, and uncle or aunts, we need to take a closer look at what they are watching. We need to be safeguarding our children.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Pr 22:6