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It’s easy for parents to fret about all the pressures and evil influences their kids will face at school. And while we tend to concentrate on the “big” problems like drugs, sex and doubts cast on the very existence of God, I also worry about more subtle attacks. Kids learn more than academics at school. They also learn how to define success, how to deal with conflict, how to measure other people’s worth. A whole worldview is presented to them, and precious little of that worldview lines up with God’s Word. Just read through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12. Think those are the lessons kids pick up at school? So are kids who go to public school doomed to wrong thinking? Probably—if parents or other caring Christian adults don’t prepare them and help them fight those spiritual attacks. Rather than fretting, we parents need to be praying, and we need to be purposeful in talking with our kids about how the attitudes presented at school differ from the attitudes presented in Scripture. We need to make sure that though those around us live with no regard for either God or eternity, that our kids develop a 2Peter 3:10-15 worldview, a way of looking at the world that acknowledges this world isn’t going to last forever and we are to look “forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”

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