A couple weeks ago I was cleaning out a closet while listening to one of my favorite podcasts, “Mama Bear Apologetics,” as they discussed their new book by the same title. Listening to them talk, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on that book. Their motto, “You mess with our kids, we’ll demolish your arguments” resonated deeply with this former-philosophy-major-now-mother-of-5. When they called on us to “rise up, Mama Bears” I could just feel that inner roar welling up. But then I spotted a mouse in the back of the closet and ran screaming out of the house.
My middle-son, Nathan, came out to see what was wrong and from across the yard (I really had run that far) I warned him about the dreadful creature inhabiting the closet. Nate disappeared back into the house and a minute later returned holding a pellet gun in one hand with the lifeless form of the perpetrator dangling by its tail in the other. Not my proudest Mama Bear moment.
After re-establishing the “no shooting guns in the house” rule, I finished the closet (actually I had Nate pull everything else from the back of it, just in case), and immediately ordered the book. Here’s why I think every mom needs to do the same.
Mice are in the house. They creep in unbeknownst to us, take up residence, and reproduce at an alarming rate. They chew away at the fabric of our minds and leave their filth in every corner. They are the ideas which Paul calls us in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to trap, take captive and conform to Christ. “Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies” edited by head Mama Bear herself, Hillary Morgan Ferrer, will help moms shine the light of truth into the cluttered closets of young minds and identify intruders.
Each chapter is authored by a different Mama Bear and focuses on a particular ideology, such as Naturalism, Skepticism, Moral Relativism, Marxism, Feminism etc… Rebekah Valerius in her chapter called “The Truth Is, There Is No Truth” discusses how sneaky an intruder mindsets like post-modernism can be. Parents think they’re “helping their children build on a foundation of truth” but all the while the children are reinterpreting it, not as THE truth, but rather YOUR truth. Which is fine until you “claim that your truth should be theirs—then you’ll have pushback.” She continues,
“Postmodern principles are insidious in that way. They are like viruses that lay dormant for years. We may not even know our kids are infected until it is too late. That is why we need to expose the lies early and show how a postmodern mindset leads to chaos, not freedom” (139).
It’s like that mouse quietly making its home in the back of my closet, getting all nice and fat with my pantry supplies, wreaking havoc in my forgotten linens until one day I’m surprised into flight by its presence. Thankfully my cub at least had the presence of mind to put his tools into use to demolish it himself.
Oh, and lest you think that by sheltering your kids in the church and Christian schools they will somehow avoid dangerous ideologies like these, Alisa Childers has an excellent chapter on how unbiblical thinking has invaded even the church. New Age Spirituality, Social Justice Marxism, Self-Helpism, Feminism, Emotionalism have all made themselves quite at home in Christian closets, propagated by Christian speakers, writers, music, social-media etc…
Identifying and rooting out these ideologies can be a daunting task. It’s like standing in front of that long-neglected, cluttered up closet and not even wanting to open the door. Who knows what’s lurking there in the dark.
But that’s why this book is so great. Using the acrostic “R.O.A.R.” it will help moms Recognize the massage, Offer discernment (“affirm the good and reject the bad”), Argue for a healthier approach, and Reinforce through discussion, discipleship, and prayer (54).
The Mama Bears have finally built a better mousetrap.
You can visit their website here
Rebekah Valerius also blogs here
I also listen to Alisa Childers’ podcast here