Believe it or not, there is now a website that sells toys that explicitly teach evolution to kids. For example, the website suggests that a great stocking stuffer is an evolution “flip book” that shows “five real-life ancient creatures evolving from FINS (swimming fish) to LIMBS (walking land animal).” They also sell a “Giant Evolution Timeline” that is a playmat so kids can walk along over “600 million years of evolution.” They also sell children’s apparel with logos such as “98% Chimpanzee” and “Product of Natural Selection.”
What is the potential outcome of teaching our children they are nothing more than the result of time and chance over millions of years? That they are nothing more than a highly evolved monkey? Unfortunately, we’ve already witnessed the result of this. Eric Harris wore a shirt with the words “Natural Selection” on the day of the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. Pekka-Eric Auvinen, who killed several people including himself at a high school in Finland, stated, “I am prepared to fight and die for my cause, . . . I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection. No, the truth is that I am just an animal, a human, an individual, a dissident. . . . It’s time to put natural selection and survival of the fittest back on tracks!” Unfortunately, both of these children were being consistent with what they had been taught in the public schools, and likely heard through various forms of media. If we are nothing more than animals, and there is no ultimate standard for truth and morality, then each person decides for themselves what is right and wrong. Their idea of what was “right” had devastating consequences for many of their classmates.
I have a real burden for parents (including myself) to teach their children truth and morality from the ultimate standard—the Bible. Whether your children attend public school, Christian school, or are home-schooled, we need to spend intentional time (formally and informally) teaching them the Word of God. For example, the other night my six-year-old daughter made up a story about an animal that was bad and then became good. I related to her the life of Saul/Paul, and how he was bad and then became good because of the changes God made in his life. She stated, “God can take something bad and make something good.” Amen!
This Christmas, instead of evolution toys, why not fill their Christmas stockings with resources that will teach them the true history of animals and man, beginning in Genesis.
My daughter Elizabeth and I have put some of our favorites below. You need these for the children in your life (or perhaps your church’s library).
A is for Adam All God’s Children My Creation Bible It’s Designed To Do What It Does Do Dinosaurs Stars of the Show Not Too Small At All: A Mouse Tale Why is Keiko Sick? The Answers Book for Kids (Volumes 1-4) Dinosaurs, Genesis and the Gospel
Kid’s Answers Library Pack—many of the above resources and more at a significant savings