In my Church our family feels like a bit of an oddity…you know because homeschoolers need something more to set them apart from everyone else. *Rolling eyes* Heheeh. You see our boys do not go out to the various children’s ministries that are available. We are regularly approached by Church members who lovingly inform us about what we are missing out on and each time we delicately explain that we prefer to worship as a family. But really there is so much more to our choice, and my heart dearly wants parents to rush out and claim their children back from Sunday Schools – those Sunday Schools and Ministries that happen during the Church service AND those that happen at a separate time. But how do I lay out what is in my heart so they will hear me?
And then today I stumbled across a movie that is currently online for free (don’t wait long in case it’s only temporary). It’s called “Divided” and asks the question ‘Is Modern Youth Ministry Dividing or Multiplying the Church?’ The producers of the movie assert (and rightfully so) that Sunday Schools and Youth Ministries are unbiblical. Their motivation is from the heart but their means for achieving it is misguided and in far too many cases unfruitful. God set up the institution for educating and training children in the way they should go and set fathers as the head of that institution called the family. When we try something different, it’s kind of like saying, “God, I think I’ve got a better way of doing this” and we all know how that story ends.
Here’s a little bite sized taste of the movie:
This is not the easiest message to share or hear as so many have been drawn into the practise. The movie explains it better than I ever could so please take the time to view it. The whole 54 minute movie is available for free at their website DividedtheMovie.com. I’ll definitely be purchasing a copy to rewatch and share.
The devil is after our children and he’s not having mine!