Whenever my friend, Andrew, finishes speaking with his grown children on the phone, he ends by saying, “Stay Faithful!” He told me, “My children know that I love them because I’ve told them repeatedly throughout their lives. What they need to hear from me now is encouragement.”
I have now begun to say the same to my adult children at the end of every phone call. After a few months of my using that as a goodbye, my daughter asked, “Dad, exactly what does that mean?”
It is a great question. We hear statements, such as, “Stay the course,” or “Stay true to yourself,” or “Stay focused,” and we know that “stay” means “to remain in the same spot,” “to hold on,” “to persist,” “to be committed.” One who is faithful is loyal and reliable. So, to “stay faithful” is “to remain loyal.”
Ah, but many people remain loyal to false causes, to evil purposes, to wrong worldviews. So, when I encourage my children to “stay faithful,” I want them to recall what they have been taught from childhood. I want them “to hold on” to the foundational teachings of the Christian faith that have informed, shaped and framed the thoughts and actions of at least three generations from whom our children have descended—the Jack and Johnston families.
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4, NASB).
The fundamentals of Christianity include the inerrancy of Scripture, the virgin birth of Jesus, the historicity of the miracles of Jesus, the atonement for sins by the death of Christ on the cross and His physical resurrection. These facts remain for the Christian as mainstays of the Faith. I want my children to “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong” (I Corinthians 16:13, ESV).
Likewise, for the past 20 years at Worldview Academy we have sought to “stay faithful” to the basics of the Christian faith—to what author C.S. Lewis referred to as Mere Christianity. We have sought to train Christians to think and then live in accord with a biblical worldview.
At Worldview Academy we want students to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NASB) and then to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Worldview Academy faculty will address the latest attacks by the secular culture to undermine the authority of Scripture and will encourage students by word and by example to be active participants in shaping culture. We not only want to teach faithfully (Heb. 11:6), but also to act faithfully (I John 5:4) before our students. This Christian faith rests not on man’s wisdom or charisma, but it rests firmly on the power and character of God.
For twenty years, Worldview Academy has encouraged students to fix their “eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame . . .” (Hebrews 12:2, NASB).
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As one of the founders of Worldview Academy, I have a mental album of student snapshots that reminds me to stay faithful:
I see faces of students who eagerly wrestle with big ideas throughout 29 hours of intense class time at camp.
I see the determination on the face of a 13-year-old girl on the streets of Phoenix who refused to budge when ordered by six police officers to stop engaging people with the gospel. She would not back down; she had been taught her rights; she was intent on standing for her First Amendment liberties to proclaim the gospel; she prevailed.
I see the joy in the tear-stained face of a young man who led a college student to faith in Christ.
I see the perseverance in the face of a young man who pressed an engineering professor on the University of Kentucky campus. The prof told the student that he denied anything supernatural, that he was a materialist and only believed in what he could grasp with his five senses. The student merely asked, “So, as an engineering professor you do believe in the laws of logic?” “Yes,” the prof replied. “Then,” the student continued, “are the laws of logic material or immaterial?” At that point the prof wagged his finger at the student, wheeled on his heel and walked briskly away.
I see the faces of rain-soaked students spreading out in downtown Shreveport during a torrential downpour to eagerly share the gospel on the streets.
I see relief and joy on the face of a young man who discovered his identity and freedom from sin in Jesus. As a second grade student, his school counselor had told him that he was homosexual, and the student believed it because, he thought, his counselor must be right. Three days of truth at camp trumped 10 years of secular indoctrination.
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I see the face of a crying young girl on the promenade in Balboa Park, San Diego, who had just been cursed at by a Tarot card reader. When I asked, “Are you crying because you couldn’t answer her objections or because you are embarrassed or because your feelings are hurt?” she responded, “No, it’s because that lady is just so lost.”
I see tender, soft hearts governed by Bible-hardened minds trained to think well and act compassionately.
As a father, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4, NASB). As a founder of Worldview Academy, my joy is seeing students remain loyal to the truths of Scripture and boldly proclaim the grace our Lord offers this world.
Pray that we will continue. Stay faithful.