It is a common conversation: We are losing our sense of historical truth. Many agree that a large part of the problem is that we aren’t teaching historical truth. Schools have been liberalized and agendas have taken over.
But the greater issue may be this – we aren’t prepared to defend what we believe. Is this anyone’s fault? Or did we feel so confident that “of course” everyone was working with the same foundation that we neglected to articulate it? Before political correctness started to ban words and perspectives, at least different opinions were looking at the same information as a starting point for debate. Now that those foundations are being attacked, there is no common ground for reasonable debate.
How do we restore those foundations?
Since the world seems to live on sound bytes and emotional truth, we need to restore the visual narratives. A good sermon lasts most people a few days. An impactful movie will stay with us forever.
So what makes some of us bold in defending what we believe and others of us shy?
J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell seem to have figured it out. In their book, “So The Next Generation Will Know, “ they learned the hard way that teaching kids about their beliefs was entirely different than teaching them to defend it.
“So many young Christians are ill prepared to face the moral, intellectual, relational, and spiritual challenges that confront them daily. They don’t have an anchor to help ground them amid the cultural chaos, and as a result, many find their faith shipwrecked on the shores of our increasingly secular culture.”
“That’s why it’s important to teach young people the difference between subjective opinions and objective truths… One way to increase passion, urgency and excitement is simply to teach the difference between subjective and objective truth claims and make sure your young people understand that (Truth) falls in the second category rather than the first.”
And that made a key difference.
Wallace and McDowell have proven that the ability to articulate and defend one’s beliefs is integral to keeping that faith.
“…confidence comes not from merely knowing truth, but from knowing that you know truth.”
Our goal is to set a new standard in Christian Entertainment – along with The Chosen, and Washington’s Armor, that uses entertainment to engrain historical truth into our minds in a way we will remember, and will then be able to articulate.
We need to meet people where they are with visual stories that engage and motivate new conversations. We covet your prayers as we work towards this goal.
God bless you,
For The 1620 Experience