[NOTE: This is the fourth in our serious of 7 Critical Absolute Truths that parents and grandparents need to teach their children. As a grandparent, you can have a powerful personal influence in their understanding of these key truths. Obviously, there are more than seven, but as you impress these seven on a child’s mind and heart, they will leave a transformational imprint that will shape their worldview for life.
May God grant you wisdom, compassion and humility as you seek to talk about these truths with your grandchildren so they will learn to walk in the truth.]
“They [godless men] exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator…” Rom. 1:25
In the immediate aftermath of great tragedy, especially tragedies like 9/11 that impact a whole nation, it is intriguing to watch how we suddenly turn our attention to God and “religion”—even politicians. Faced with something we cannot explain, stripped of our security, and helpless to control our destinies, we were forced to look outside ourselves, if only for a moment.
A cursory look at the religions of the world makes it clear that mankind is wired to worship. Even those who claim to be atheists worship. They may worship themselves, reason or something else, but they do worship something. We look for something to bow to (even if it’s me), and to explain why the world is the way it is.
Our objects of worship can range from celebrities, money, pleasure, or technology to angels, trees, Mother Earth or God. We are all worshipers. It’s part of our spiritual DNA placed there by the One who created all. So, it’s not a matter of IF, but WHAT or WHO.
God hard-wired us as worshipers to draw us to Himself. The “religion” of men is our attempt to find meaning in life and answers for what’s wrong with the world through our own effort and reason. Men instinctively know that they need “salvation”, so we create religions like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Scientology or belief systems (they don’t like to be called religions, even though ‘religion’ means belief system) like Darwinism, neo-paganism, or atheism in an attempt to find answers and peace for our souls. Unfortunately, they’re all dead-ends… literally.
While all these are dependent upon human effort and reason, the Bible alone declares that our salvation and hope is not dependent upon anything we can do other than receive by faith God’s love demonstrated in the sinless sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who did not come to start a religion, but to save us from our sinful condition and resulting condemnation. It is a gift that reminds us that we cannot save ourselves, but that God’s grace is sufficient to set us free and give us meaning and hope.
These first four absolute “realities” or truths summarized below are foundational to an accurate understanding of who God is, who we are, and our desperate condition. They create the framework for the next three Absolute Realities.
Here is a summary of the Absolute Truths we have discussed so far:
#1 – God Is and Created ALL That Exists… Including You
#2 – Something Is Seriously Wrong with The World
#3 – We Are All Mortal and Live with Limitations Physically, Emotionally, Relationally and Intellectually
#4 – Every Person is A Worshiper Longing for Answers and Meaning
TEACH AND TELL
Consider creating a journal called Non-Negotiables for Life (or whatever you wish to call it), in which you write down in your own words what the Bible says about these absolute truths. Then give it as a legacy gift to your grandchildren. You can add family pictures and other mementos of God’s work in your family to illustrate God’s goodness. Even though they may not appreciate it until much later in life, do not minimize the potential impact it such a journal could have. You can purchase a download of our Legacy Journal from our web site to help you get started.