I have seen preschoolers at church holding Barney the Dinosaur while singing “He’s got the whole world in His hands.” I have watched elementary kids using a Batman action figure to lead the animals onto Noah’s Ark. And I’ve witnessed teachers show My Little Pony movies at a Vacation Bible School.
No wonder so many of our churches and denominations are dying. We teach truth to children like it was fiction and fiction as if it were the truth. Children grow up thinking it is all one big fairy tale. Jesus, they decide, is a myth like Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, or the Power Rangers. He too has amazing powers and gives gifts to good little boys and girls. But all of them are only marketing schemes for consumer goods. Heaven help us.