Consider the importance that the Apostle Paul attached to preaching.
How do we come to know God? Someone shares His Word with us. How do we teach our children what we believe? We teach them, and we choose what they learn and who teaches them.
Romans 10:14-17 Good News Translation (GNT)
14 But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? 15 And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!” 16 But not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, “Lord, who believed our message?” 17 So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.
What is happening now? Our government has “volunteered” to take over the instruction of our children. Supposedly, committees of fine men and women, people with impeccable reputations and no hidden agendas, want to “help” us raise our children. Unfortunately, even though these officials insist religious instruction has no place in the public schools, what they want our children to learn looks like a Pagan religion.
Consider the message Jesus had for the church of Laodicea.
Revelation 3:14-22 Good News Translation (GNT)Neither hot nor cold? Apathetic. Indifferent. Uncommitted.
The Message to Laodicea
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
“This is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the origin[a] of all that God has created. 15 I know what you have done; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! 16 But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth! 17 You say, ‘I am rich and well off; I have all I need.’ But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind. 18 I advise you, then, to buy gold from me, pure gold, in order to be rich. Buy also white clothing to dress yourself and cover up your shameful nakedness. Buy also some ointment to put on your eyes, so that you may see. 19 I rebuke and punish all whom I love. Be in earnest, then, and turn from your sins. 20 Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if any hear my voice and open the door, I will come into their house and eat with them, and they will eat with me. 21 To those who win the victory I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Father on his throne.
22 “If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches!”
There is no one more worthless than someone who does not care. Because they have a stonehard heart, they won’t listen. We cannot even argue with them. Still, even the lukewarm have children. When people care enough to feed, cloth, and house their children, why would they trust ambitious and too often conniving politicians to choose what their children learn and who teaches them?