As many of you know, I attend a church that is very YEC. I’ve been there for the greater part of my life, and couldn’t imagine leaving, as that’s where my family goes. For several years (most of my teenage life, really), I’ve volunteered for Vacation Bible School. The church used to use the Group curriculum, but more recently they’ve switched to AiG’s curriculum.
Last year’s was “Ocean Commotion: Diving into the World of Noah’s Flood.” I volunteered, because I was new to this topic and was open to being molded. To no surprise, I was left greatly wanting. Not only was the argumentation childish (in both the sense of being brought down to the level of children and the sense of being really bad), the whole seemed to tie the gospel directly to one’s view of the flood. The biblical teaching as such was not bad, but the science was awful (“they use the fossils to date the rocks and the rocks to date the fossils” was oft repeated; “billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth” was put into song).
I’m feeling somewhat conflicted. I know that if I volunteer, I’ll enjoy it, have a good time, and all that. But I don’t know if I, in good conscience, can promote AiG to these kids. It’s so woefully imbalanced. This year’s topic isn’t quite so blatant as the flood one was, I think, but knowing AiG, it’ll contain the same shoddy argumentation and false dichotomies as the other. Any advice?