“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!”