When was the last time you saw this kind of chaos swirling around a PRIVATE school? You haven’t.
Why not? Because private schools, their teachers and administrators answer to their customers – the parents and students – not politicians, not unions, not social engineers and experimenters, not the hundreds of special interests whose children don’t even attend that school!
Putting the education of our children under the control of government bureaucrats and the lobbyists who pull their strings is one of the BIGGEST mistakes our country has ever made, and nothing less than the future of our nation is at stake.
The protests in Wisconsin reveal the true colors of those who have REALLY been in control of the education industry for the past century, and how far they are willing to go when their strangehold on the next generation (and the taxpayer money that follows them) is threatened. It also reveals a deeper problem: what happens when a nation abdicates its God-given responsibilities to the state.
We have allowed the state to take God out of our children’s schools and fill their minds with the world’s “alternative” truth claims of moral relativism, socialism and secular humanism, cleverly woven into lessons on history, language arts, and science. Many Christian parents cannot even discern this because they themselves were educated this way, and have not taken the time, effort and discipline to re-educate themselves in these areas according to God’s worldview (and the church has been lacking in instructing them). We have allowed entire generations of Americans to believe they were educated and intelligent, when the Bible tells us that “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1-3), and “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov. 1:7).
Our Founders well understood this:
“The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” ~ Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence
“We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government, that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible. For this Divine Book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and those sober and frugal virtues, which constitute the soul of republicanism.” ~ Benjamin Rush
“Public utility pleads most forcibly for the general distribution of the Holy Scriptures. The doctrine they preach, the obligations they impose, the punishment they threaten, the rewards they promise, the stamp and image of divinity they bear, which produces a conviction of their truths, can alone secure to society, order and peace, and to our courts of justice and constitutions of government, purity, stability and usefulness. In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses, and at the same time enjoy quiet conscience.” ~ James McHenry, signer of the Constitution
“The evil that has resulted from the error of the schools, in teaching natural philosophy as an accomplishment only, has been that of generating in the pupils a species of atheism. Instead of looking through the works of creation to the Creator himself, they stop short, and employ the knowledge they acquire to create doubts of his existence. They labour with studied ingenuity to ascribe every thing they behold to innate properties of matter, and jump over all the rest by saying, that matter is eternal.” ~ Thomas Paine
““I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains to prevent them…we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible; for this Divine Book, above all others, constitutes the soul of republicanism.” “By withholding the knowledge of [the Scriptures] from children, we deprive ourselves of the best means of awakening moral sensibility in their minds.” ~ Benjamin Rush
“”To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. . . . Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government, and all blessings which flow from them, must fall with them.” ~ Jedediah Morse
“What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.” ~ George Washington
“Education is useless without the Bible.” ~ Noah Webster
Is it any wonder that our culture has become ever more corrupt and immoral, when we have ignored the wisdom of our fathers and handed each subsequent generation over to fools who deny these truths?
Where is the church in this crucial hour? Why are they silent in the face of this evil? This is not just a political battle, it’s a spiritual one – a battle to decide who is REALLY in charge of shaping the minds of the next generation of citizens and voters. The Enemy will not give up his captives without a fight.
Will the church finally stand up and speak the truth? God has delegated the education of children to parents. THEY must decide when, where and how their children will be educated, and by whom, and with what worldview – and they must answer to God for those choices.
Our nation has sinned against God by turning that responsibility over to government, which leads to the corruption, lies and power struggles we are now facing.
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