I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. (John 10: 11-12) Continue reading
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“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Simply put, the common method of training children in government-run schools has become a DISASTER. If the reader is not aware of the academic, moral. and spiritual bankruptcy in public schools, then perhaps you should either do some serious study, or go read something that is not so heavy. It is easy for an old codger (old codger – used affectionately to refer to an eccentric but amusing old man) like me to tell you what it was like in the “good ole days,” but it’s true. At least compared to now, it was much better. I went to a public school, (same building, all 12 grades) before the door was closed on God. In fact, among the teachers I had, three were Sunday school teachers, and two were preachers. One of these taught a Bible class to ninth graders. The school also dedicated one week each year for a week long Bible school.
An Even Greater Disaster
When man makes laws that are in direct conflict with God’s LAW, then man will, at some point, reap what he sows, and the crop will not be good. For example, man has made laws saying parents must send their children to school, and that same government, with taxpayer dollars, provides such a school. Now, tell me, what can be more ridiculous than sending a young boy to a government school where he learns he can become a girl if he so chooses? The really sad part about this situation is that Christian leaders are supposed to be purveyors of biblical truth, if anyone is, yet in the face of reality, they abandon truth and accept the lie that government run schools are acceptable places for our children to receive discipleship training for about 30 hours each week.
Failure to Make Long-range Plans
During my intermittent study of the history of American culture, I have become intrigued, and yet greatly disappointed in the way we Christians have failed at making long-range plans, especially when we compare our plans to those guided by the Enemy. I am, specifically, thinking of the major players who initiated, supported, and developed the government-run public schools in the mid-19th Century, and continued for the next 150 years.
I challenge the reader to study any congregation of Christians and find one that is making plans that aim for at least three generations that are to follow. I have heard and read that non-believers who wish to change our nation from its Christian heritage into something else, are satisfied when they make incremental gains, while keeping their focus on the end game of destroying all things Christian.
Long range plans for most pastors and their congregations seem to focus on raising funds for the comfort of the present generation of adult pew sitters, the same people who pay the bills in that congregation, with very little emphasis on providing discipleship training for the second and third generations to follow. The primary goals often focus on the next building construction program, or raising money to pay off the debt incurred during the last building program. And BTW, seldom does it seem to be for building something to train children five days a week to replace the ungodly public school system. If it did, then I would say that qualifies as a long-range plan to disciple children. Homeschooling would be better, but a school operated by a church congregation is a step in the right direction.
The Christian Establishment is the Problem
Kevin R. Novak wrote a very interesting book on this subject titled, Abolition – Overcoming the Christian Establishment on Education. His focus is on abolishing the public schools, because they are not only violate the U.S. Constitution, but for Christians, using public schools for training our children, it violates God’s Law. While many people will likely respond by saying it will be impossible to abolish government schools, Novak makes the point that we should make steps in that direction. I, personally, am fascinated more by the sub title, “Overcoming the Christian Establishment on Education.” Notice he did not say political establishment, Democrat establishment, or Republican establishment. In other words, in my opinion, we need to recognize that our discipleship disaster lies at the feet of those we consider a part of the Christian Establishment (pastors, seminary leaders, and other high profile Christians considered to be leaders.)
One might ask, “What is meant by “Overcoming the Christian Establishment?” Simple, the Christian Establishment is the No. 1 obstacle to properly educating our youth, and therefore, making them disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. I have believed this for several years prior to reading Novak’s book a few weeks ago. What is worse, is the reason why the Christian Establishment (CE) is such an obstacle… my answer, not Novak’s… MONEY. Trust me, the CE will not admit this because they know what the Bible says about the “love of money.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
Novak makes the point that property owners are taxed (not constitutional) to pay for public schools, and then the people are forced (not constitutional) to send their children to be trained in such a place. Think about that for a moment; is that not what most tyrants usually do? Check this quote by Adolph Hitler:
“When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘Your child belongs to us already… What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.'”
Novak is a trained lawyer, and focuses on the illegal aspects of forcing people to pay taxes to fund schools, and then forces children of these same people to attend these schools. I agree with what Novak says about the legal aspects, but had not thought about it in that manner before reading his book. Having said that, the real burr under my saddle is, the cavalier manner in which the CE so easily dismisses the idea that children should be trained by Christians. The mindset goes something like this, “Private Christian schooling is a fine alternative to public school as long as the parents of the child pay for it.” And the pastor says, “We will now take an offering so you can give to God” (“Now, that you have been obedient by giving your money to me and my ministry, go ahead and give your children to Caesar.”)
I respond to the last sentences of the last paragraph in words like our five-year old granddaughter used when she opened a birthday gift and learned it contained panties. She said, “That’s disgusting!”
This may appear to be an article describing how pastors are afraid of the federal government, more specifically the Internal Revenue Service, the fear of having their tax-exempt status yanked should they speak out about certain issues, or their fear of criticizing certain people and agencies. The answer is no, it is not about fear of the IRS, because that fact has already been aptly demonstrated ever since President Lyndon Johnson painted the church into that tax-exempt corner several decades ago. Besides, if a church very simply drops the tax-exempt status and pays the taxes on church contributions it could solve that problem. It would honor God by showing that we fear Him more than man, and then possibly God would honor the pastor and his congregation by providing extra revenue to pay the IRS. He is a big God, right? I wonder if the “Word of Faith” people ever preach on that topic.
There is one common thread between what I wrote above and what is to follow below; the fear of man rather than God. Pastors fear those who sit in the pews, fear that people might close their wallets when certain topics are breached, specifically public schools and the harm they do to our children. And I am not talking about closing the wallets on a given sermon; it could be that some people would leave the congregation permanently and go look for a church congregation that is more seeker-friendly…where have I heard that term before?
Oh, now I remember, seeker-friendly means something like this: people (some Christian, some not) are seeking a congregation that will give them what they want to hear… the Bible calls it itchy ears. I plead guilty to that charge; I’ve done it multiple times. There is one concept worth noting at this point. Truth never changes while lies have to be told in an attempt to cover previous lies. Another way to put it is that truth-tellers have one message while liars have multiple stories, building lie upon lie.
Let me point out two truthful things at this point:
1. A pastor who tells the truth (all, not part) will drive some people away because for some reason they do not wish to hear it.
2. A pastor who drives many people away will likely encounter reduced income into the church coffers.
I could just stop here and say, “There you have it folks, preachers do what they do to keep the money flowing into the church collection vessels (when I was a kid they were plates whereas today’s big men of faith use buckets). Of course coins won’t roll out of a bucket as they could from a plate.
I hesitate to call half-truths a lie, but that is one definition of half-truths. No pastor can preach on every single verse or topic in the Bible, although meeting and doing nothing but reading the Scriptures would at the very least be the Truth. I am more than a bit troubled (irritated is more accurate), that so many topics clearly shown in the Bible are all but ignored as I have witnessed while listening to thousands of sermons over seven decades. My wife will verify that I get irritated when I hear half-truths from the pulpit. I tell her it is “tweaking the Scriptures.” It is one thing to tweak the Scripture to make a valid truthful point, and yet quite another to use the tweaks of truth to tell a lie…I have seen it happen from the pulpits.
Public schools are not specifically mentioned in the Bible. Neither are hand held mobile phones. God did not institute public schools. I do feel confident that God did not institute the church and then expect her to put her children in public schools that reject all things Christian. I tell in all honesty, that I have NEVER heard a message from the pulpit about Christian schooling…NEVER.
I am lead to believe by my own observation and the testimony of many others that the primary reason pastors do not preach about the merits (mandate might be better) of Christian schooling versus the dangers of public schooling is because most of the adults in the pews are a part of public schools as parents and/or teachers. Such messages could offend people and reduce church income.