Talking to Your Children about Ducks

Posted on December 20, 2013 · Posted in Apologetics, Culture, Worldview

America is in the midst of a raging culture war. It may appear that this war is about the beliefs of a family that makes duck calls for a living. However, there is a larger issue at stake. The real issue is about America’s disregard for God and his Word. As a country, we have attempted to recast God into our image. This is what you must discuss with your children. Here are three foundational principles that your children need if they are to survive the rapidly growing cultural conflict.


The first principle is that biblical truth is timeless.


One comment often heard is that biblical truth is outdated. This is the year 2013 after all. No one thinks that way anymore. This how our culture recasts God and his truth to suit its own lusts. The idea is that truth can become outdated and out of touch. This is a lie! God’s truth is timeless. Claiming that truth changes with time, that is, that truth is relative to a time and place, is direct attack upon the Lord of the Universe. 


The second principle is that truth is not determined by public debate.


Debates about what people may think about a particular belief or behavior can be quite dramatic and polarizing. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you believe one side or the other in the cultural debate. What matters is what does God have to say about the issue. This it the reality that you must help your children to grasp. Here is why.


When a heated topic is discussed, the important question is whether or not God’s truth is being followed or ignored. It really does’t matter what I think, or a media personality thinks, or what a political activist proclaims. What matters is what does God say about the issue at hand. 


The third principle is that clarity of thought is impossible without God’s word.


A moral black hole of confusion is formed by trying to decide which side has the more appealing argument.  The debate will continue based upon how well the case is presented. The more persuasive speaker wins the day. But this victory is momentary until the other side finds an even more effective presentation. Ephesians 4 describes this as being tossed back and forth by the schemes of cunning and crafty people. Achieving clarity and stability apart from Scripture is a myth.


The ultimate truth is that God is not a God to be mocked or ignored. Whether the culture warriors like it or not, God is the one to be reckoned with. This brings us to the real issue that is facing America. Doug Wilson’s observation could not be more on target:


“In short, America must return to Jesus. It is not complicated.”

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.