The world would have us believe that some aspects of life are religious and some are secular. It would have us believe that we can be neutral. Secular is not neutral. In truth, there is not one atom in all of creation that has not been touched by the hand of God.

Revelation 4:11 proclaims:

“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

When I learned to drive, our family’s only vehicle was a Volkswagen bus with a manual transmission. Even after I was grown and married, Daddy’s advice when I was driving somewhere was, “Keep between the ditches.” While I was first learning how to “keep between the ditches,” I also had to learn how to shift gears. Our Volkswagen bus had four gears. The gear shift was a tall shaft that rose up from the floor. Back then, we called that a four-in-the floor. In the middle of the gears was neutral. You always had to put the car into neutral when you stopped. Otherwise the car would lurch forward and the engine would die. When a traffic light changed to green or it was your turn to pull away from a stop sign, you started the gear shifting process over again beginning with first gear. You could press your foot on the accelerator with all your might, but the vehicle would go nowhere until you moved the gear shift out of neutral and into first gear.

Manual transmissions do have a neutral place. The world would have us believe that there is also a neutral place in education, in information, in learning of all kinds. I don’t believe that for a minute. Every teacher, every newscaster, every person who opens his or her mouth has a worldview. Every textbook, lesson, lecture, or news story includes a worldview. That worldview comes from faith in God or from the opposite of faith in God. There is no neutral in the world of ideas.

Our children are counting on us to train their worldview. Many worldviews exist in the world. None of them are neutral. Each child will ultimately choose his or her own worldview, but it is the responsibility of every Christian parent to train their children’s worldview to be centered in Jesus Christ.