Bekah McNeel, What Kind of Church Are We Passing Onto Our Kids

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Family-Friendly” in passing from countless Christian radio stations, publications, websites, podcasts, and now streaming platforms. There is a cottage industry dedicated to telling you what is a “family-friendly Christian worldview.”

Take a look at the Focus on the Family website, which has an entire team dedicated to rating and reviewing all media to let parents know what is okay to watch and not watch, what is “Godly” and “UnGodly.” I can’t recall a single time in history where turning your brain off and giving control to someone else to think for you turned out to be a great decision.

The white evangelical worldview has been pretty clear in the last five decades with the rise of the moral majority and the creation of countless organizations, such as Focus on the Family, along with numerous publishing houses. But are you aware of how it has shaped our understanding of parenting and what is right and wrong? Moreover, are you aware of how much the white evangelical worldview has shaped the church as it is today and what we are passing on to our kids?

“Many cultures and religious traditions didn’t need evangelical culture warriors to convince them marriage was between a man and a woman for life and that children were to obey their parents. Authoritarianism isn’t unique to any religious group…But white evangelical guys got the book deals, policy wins, and pulpits,” said Bekah McNeel on the CBF Podcast Conversation.

McNeel is a reporter, with her work appearing in Relevant, Christianity Today, The San Antonio Current, the Public Justice Review, and Sojourners. We discussed her new book “Bringing Up Kids When Church Let’s You Down.”

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