The problem for most students is that church, and faith in general, seems unnatural to them. Many don’t see the connection between faith and the world they’re living in. Little do they know that the foundation of modern civilization was established by the faith of individuals working in the church and social institutions. Human rights, modern economics, technology, and many other marks of western civilization were built with the lumber of faith founded in the Bible. In the modern world, however, students rarely hear this. Students are almost never taught the powerful influence of faith and the church on modern civilization. Faith seems unnatural to them because they are being trained to see that a good, productive, and positive world can exist without God’s involvement.
We need to make faith more natural for students. If we don’t do this, God is a totem we teach our kids to carry to bring on good feelings, but isn’t something that impacts daily life. God needs to be real to our students. This means that they attribute the many things that enable human flourishing to the source of goodness.
Making faith natural can be hard if your students are in a public or private school that doesn’t base all knowledg upon the Bible. We believe students become experts in school. They are trained to see the world in a certain way in the 10,000 hours of education from sixth grade through twelveth grade. According to Malcolm Gladwell, this is enough time for them to become experts. So, it is imperative that your student becomes an expert in seeing the world from God’s perspective. Put your students in places where they see that faith is natural, and pull them from places that don’t.