“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-21, ESV)
It has been said, “Those who control the access to the minds of children will set the agenda for the future of the nation and the future of the western world.” (James Dobson) This is why so many groups are always trying to get their programs implemented in the public schools. Most of these programs are, unfortunately, not academic but are, instead, attempts by secular progressive groups to modify cultural norms.
It was H. L. Mencken who pointed out the error of believing “that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all. It is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States, whatever the pretensions of politicians, pedagogues and other such mountebanks, and that is its aim everywhere else.”
It is truly a wonder when a public school student graduates with anything but the most politically correct thoughts about issues in history, economics, religion, and literature. Most think the Middle Ages were a time of darkness and superstition. They believe that the Church was a hindrance to the development of Western Civilization. They have been duped into believing that authors prior to the mid twentieth century made no significant contributions to literature. They think the Industrial Revolution oppressed the lower classes. They have been told that third world poverty is the fault of the west. They have been taught that Capitalism impoverishes workers. The student, in this case – however, is not responsible for his lack of real knowledge. His teachers never told him about the scholarship that contradicts the substanceless clichés and platitudes he was being taught. For the most part the teachers’ generation had been denied access to the benefits of this scholarship as well. Secular progressive education has four enemies. They are history, the economic theory and practice of capitalism, western literature, and religion – specifically Christianity.
Example: In 1892, the United States was declared to be a “Christian nation” by the Supreme Court of the United States. It was formally declared in the case of Holy Trinity Church vs. United States, 143 U.S. 471. Did you know this? Were you taught this in your history, social studies, civics, or political science classes?
We have become a nation with amnesia. We have forgotten our roots and who we are. During the past fifty years, the history of the United States has been rewritten to exclude the historical Christian foundations of our nation. The classic works of literature produced in the west are being neglected because of the obvious moral influence of Christianity in much of what was written. This has happened because we, as Christians and parents, have failed to protect and pass on the great Christian heritage of the United States. We have neglected the public school curriculum while secular progressive humanists have made it their goal to overhaul it and use it to reengineer our culture. We have not told our children of the important role Christianity played in the establishment of our country. We have also failed to teach our children the Word of God because we are too preoccupied and dependent upon one hour of Sunday School a week to give our children a complete Christian education.
Biblical education was never intended to work that way. Notice the Scriptures above from the book of Deuteronomy: “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.” God’s Word assigns parents to consistently teach their children His “words” in the everyday circumstances of the family.
There is, however, a prerequisite for parents before this can be done. “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” If, as parents, we do not first commit ourselves to the study of God’s Word, how can we expect to teach our children and be the appropriate examples we should be? The only heritage worth leaving the next generation is a Christian heritage and you are your child’s primary teacher.
Our government’s education system has fallen into the hands of anti-Christians. The Church cannot give your child a Christian education in only one hour per week. As Christians and parents, we must accept the responsibility to see that our children do not forget God. We must also make sure they learn the true Christian history of our nation. Ultimately, parents must take full responsibility for seeing that their children receive a sound education.
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