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By: Brad Huddleston

Our second president and founding father, John Adams, made a crucial declaration: “Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Honest historians acknowledge the Bible is the foundation of the Constitution, which is why Adams’ warning is clear: If we, as a country, drift from adherence to the Bible, our Constitution will lose its power, and our freedoms will disappear. And the truth is, we’re living in a time of fading freedoms.

Unfortunately, we have drifted far, very far, from our Biblical foundation. Recent statistics show that only 4% of Millennials (those born from 1981 to 1996) and 4% of Generation Z (those born from 1997 to 2012) have a biblical worldview. And the news for Generation Alpha (those born in 2013 or later) is even worse. Only 2% of parents of preteens have a biblical worldview.

Writing about the sobering truth of Gen Z, Jonathan Morrow of the Impact 360 Institute wrote: “Given the prevalence of social media and screens in our society, we are seeing an acceleration of ideas, beliefs, and practices that are out of step with what God has revealed in the Bible. Atheism is on the rise in Gen Z.”

So, What Do We Do About It?

It has been said that our political problems will not be solved from the top down but rather from the bottom up. In other words, local elections are more important than national ones.

I believe the same to be true of solving our lack of Biblical hunger. We can’t wait for the church to motivate God’s people to dive deeply into His Word. Individuals will have to take the matter of Biblical study into their own hands. Notice the instruction in Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NKJV):

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.” (emphasis mine) The command to teach God’s Word to children rests on parents, not the church or Christian school. And Deuteronomy 4:9 (NKJV) also places the same responsibility on grandparents: “And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”

Of course, parents and grandparents must first know the Bible before attempting to impart it to their children and grandchildren.

So, where’s a good place to start?

My friend Sam had to drive a fair distance to work each day. In our conversations, he often recounted Bible stories and the lessons he was learning. And I noticed something: he would often mention “Pastor Chuck” as if he knew him personally. Week after week, and month after month, Sam would go through entire books of the Bible online, “line upon line,” with noted expository teacher Pastor Chuck Smith from his radio program “The Word for Today.” I could tell that God’s Word was positively impacting Sam while driving. It changed him powerfully.

I had a similar experience with noted radio Bible teacher Pastor Chuck Swindoll when I was in college, as I didn’t wait until Sunday to study the Scriptures. I would regularly order Chuck Swindoll’s study guides and work through entire books of the Bible.

The Scriptures have changed me—literally. It changes everyone who is consistent and disciplined to digest them. Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV) explains why: “For the word of God is living and powerful.”

The Bible is unlike any other book on earth. When we study and meditate on it, we’re literally being instructed by the only living God!

If you’d like to go through the Bible with Pastor Chuck Smith, you can find his teachings at pastorchuck.org, and you can download the app (search for TWFT). You can find Pastor Chuck Swindoll’s expository teaching at insight.org and for the app, search for Insight for Living. And, as always, if I can help, email brad@bradhuddleston.com.