Imagine it: your student comes out of their room for dinner and asks you, "mom, is it true the word homosexual wasn't added to the Bible until 1946?" How would you respond? Would you be able to answer the question? These questions are discussed in an unlikely place: the popular social media app TikTok. Many accounts from "pastors" make quick, fun-looking videos that teach a particular theological viewpoint. What makes these videos so popular is that much of what they teach is very theologically liberal ideas, such as the one mentioned above. They seek to persuade their viewers (teenagers and young adults) that homosexuality isn't a sin or that Jesus is not the only way to heaven.
As evangelical Christians, we recognize that these views are false and should be rejected. However, young teenage minds may not see the problem. Since many of these videos are made with people with a religious education background or by people who have "reverend" in their title, teenagers might begin to take these teachings seriously. This is not an article trying to persuade you to burn your child's phone. Instead, it is an encouragement to ask your children frequently what they watch on their phones and TV. Begin asking them what ideas and concepts they see being taught through their entertainment. Begin equipping yourself to be able to answer questions like the one raised above. If you do not know how to answer a question or respond to a viewpoint, contact one of the pastors on staff. God has given us the institutions of the local church and the family to raise the next generation in the fear and knowledge of the Lord. In a world full of voices seeking to influence the next generation, families need to be leaning into each and the local church now more than ever.