17
Sep
10

It’s Not Rocket Science

Rocket science, it is not.  The Faith at Home movement that is taking the body of Christ by storm, and is well represented by the D6 brand, is a great example of the old song line that says, “When everything old becomes new again.”  D6 stands for Deuteronomy 6, in particular verses 4-9, which any orthodox Jew would immediately recognize as the Shema.  The Hebrews word “Shema” means “to listen.”  Quoted daily in the home of the orthodox Jew until this day, it says…

Hear, O Israel:  The LORD your God, the LORD is One!
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

The ancient tradition of reciting this passage in the Jewish home has served a valuable purpose:  to pass along the faith of one generation to the next.  The Jews got it…but what about Christians?  We have failed to do the job of passing our faith on to the next generation as it is evidenced by the statistics concerning young adults in the church.  Studies tell us that between 60%-90% of young adults who have grown up in the church, leave the church after they graduate high school.  Only a fraction of those will return after they reach their late 20s to early 30s and become parents themselves.  There are two reasons that stand above the rest as the reason for this exodus.

1.    Hypocrisy in the home
2.    The Bible is irrelevant to life

The Faith at Home (D6) movement is leading the charge of taking faith back into the home…of equipping parents to be the spiritual leaders in the home rather than abdicating the responsibility to the church.  When the church and the home partner to enable the parents to pass on their faith to their children, everyone wins.  Just one statistic that paints the power of this reality is this…the number of children leaving the church as young adults drops from 60%-90% to less than 1% when they simply pray together regularly with their families.  Is it worth it to buy in to this paradigm shift?  Absolutely!

Faith lived out in the home with authenticity and passion…it’s not rocket science, it’s an ancient truth that is more powerful than anything NASA has ever launched.

How did the faith of your parents impact your faith journey?

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