Some of the young couples I work with are lamenting finding themselves more and more pressured to help organize “field trips” to the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter. They report that they are finding it difficult to “keep their heads down” in avoiding confrontations regarding AIG.
One couple had previously been telling other home-schooling friends “No, we just can’t afford the cost.” but now a wealthy elder in their church has offered to pay all of the expenses for all of the children in the church and their parents to go to the Ark Encounter. To make their predicament even worse, this couple is the only couple in the Homeschooling group that is licensed and insured to drive the church bus----and so they find themselves under even more pressure to cooperate. (If they don’t drive the church bus, nobody else gets to take advantage of their sponsor’s largess.)
As the mother put it to me, “As a matter of conscience, how can we help expose young children to false teachings? And how can we justify helping financially enrich what we consider to be a cult?” (Whether or not I agree with her definition and application of the word “cult”, their dilemma is very real.)
I know I’m raising a redundant topic, but how would you advise this young couple who want to do the right thing?
P.S. I have started thinking about this: Wouldn’t it be much easier for couples like this one to take a stand if more high-profile Christian leaders were speaking out in some way against the folly of the Ark Encounter? This came to a head for me when an enthusiastic AIG-supporter said, “Besides. If there was anything at all unbiblical or questionable about what Ken Ham teaches, we would be hearing warnings from…” and she started naming prominent evangelicals and major seminaries. People like her have even said to me “You seem to be the only one who is having problems with what AIG is doing.”