We have dealt with the whole BLM, Critical Race Theory, and Social Justice world over the last several podcasts. In that time, we have had to deal with riots in our city, and the expectation of more as soon decisions will be rendered about the police officer who shot Jacob Blake; not to mention the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
We have tried diligently to give you a biblical framework to work with as you think through these issues, and we hope in some small way we are of help.
Today, we want to talk a bit about the so-called "elephant in the room" in this whole racial, social justice problem in our nation.
That elephant is called the education system.
We will argue against having children in the public education system, as well as in many private institutions. We will also argue that great care needs to be used when considering higher education.
There are too many stories of young adults heading off to college, and coming back with radical, rebellious ideas that baffle the parents.
So we will jump right in on this, and we ask you to give a careful listen.
- Our First Premise is that: Education is not neutral -
The bible makes this clear in every area of existence, but Christians seem to fail to grasp it.
Galatians 1:4 speaks of the death of Christ rescuing us out of this present evil age (eon). Do you grasp that? Do you understand that all things unredeemed by Christ belong to this age that is defined as evil?
Satan is described as the god of this world or age in 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Paul, in describing his conversion and mission to King Agrippa in Acts 26:18, says that all outside of Christ are under the dominion of Satan, and dwell in darkness.
Romans 3:9 tells us something we all know, but somehow don’t extrapolate into all parts of our lives. It says that all people are “under sin.” The idea is that of power and authority. The ruling thought and motive of this age is sin, and apart from Jesus, everyone is under that power.
So is it any surprise that Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2 that we are to reject conformity to this age by being in the consistent state of transformation of the mind? Why? So that we might discern what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Ephesians 4:23 tells us to be renewed in our minds, and Ephesians 5:10 tells us to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
But do you apply these to your decisions related to education for your children?
Do you understand that the system, at its very core, is atheistic and immoral?
Do you understand that it is under the power of Satan?
Do you understand that its very goal and purpose is to take your child’s mind and conform it into the image of this age?
We keep trying to fight battles that were lost long ago in the minds of the youth. We hear things suddenly espoused, and wonder where they came from.
Instead, you should ask yourself why so many of the young people are pushing for these changes. The point in common is usually their education. Add to this the ability for so many differing ideas to affect your children via their phones and internet, and it is no surprise that a very different worldview is accepted by your child.
We fool ourselves into thinking that though there are various ideas being pushed in schools, that their overall purpose is to somehow educate children in the basics of knowledge (reading, writing and arithmetic).
This is untrue, and the test scores prove this over and over. Even after we totally redo (time and time again) the methodology of testing, they still reveal a shocking low standard.
Voddie Bauchaum tells this story, “One of our elders taught honors math at one of the ‘best schools’ in one of the ‘best school districts’ in Texas (you know, one of those schools people lie and cheat to get their children into so that they can get a ‘better education’). His advanced geometry class was filled with a bunch of imbeciles who could barely do basic arithmetic. As a result, most of them failed their first major test. You know what happened next? The principal called him into the office and told him to make things right. One of the things he was told was to employ a grading technique called “Square root times ten.” Thus, a student who made a 49 on a test ended up with a 70 in the grade book (for those of you who went to government schools like me, that’s the square root of 49 times ten).”
Ask kids who Christopher Columbus was, and it is quite amazing how much hatred will come out against him showing a complete inability to understand history and the complexity of events.
Ask them to describe the Native Indian’s life prior to the Europeans coming into North America. Usually it is an idyllic life filled with peace; though the truth is that the warring tribes terrorized the more peaceful ones. That tribes would fight over lands, and the level of demonic and animistic religious activity defined so much of what they would value.
Kim and I went to a local school to show support for a young lady we knew. She had a small exhibit showing, so we went. We were heartbroken as we watched so many young teens who were obviously transgender, transvestites, and homosexual; openly flaunting it. The school willingly had pro-homosexual banners displayed. This is not by accident, but by purpose.
Over the past years, we were a bit stunned at first by how much anti-christian garbage flowed out of the mouths of Christians related to government, economics, racism, gender roles, and such. But no longer.
We find that the current generation of pastors in the pulpit have drunk deeply from the well of godless men and women. It is unsurprising that while we are supposed to keep the gospel central, somehow the gospel never quite reaches into our private convictions on the many social sins in our nation.
The next crop is even more concerning to us. Critical Race Theory and Social Justice are happily ensconced in most seminaries and Christian colleges. The product that most will produce is something not quite Christian. It is of great concern to us as pastors as we see the schools producing wolves, rather than shepherds.
A question we would ask is this: Do you understand that anything that is “non-Christian” is by its very nature “anti-Christian?”
Just because it is not punching you or your child in the face does not mean it is actively pushing and promoting a God-centered, God-honoring idea or goal.
A gentle and nice form of atheism will suffer the same wrath of God for all eternity as the harsh, genocidal type.
We are long past the days where the presumption was that most students were from Christian homes (in the broadest sense of the word), and being raised with Judeo-Christian values.
Education is not merely claiming to put the Christian worldview on a level playing field with other worldviews, treating them as equal. Education at its highest levels hates the very name of Jesus Christ. It is not even trying to hide itself anymore.
- Premise two is that we assume the younger years are more important for development than the older ones -
Parents who love their children, usually most enjoy them when they are small, easily managed, and tending toward cute. The problems with smaller children can frustrate the parent, but they are minor and easily resolved for the most part.
One thing we teach about parenting is that by five you should have your child consistently showing you respect and obedience. They are not children who are given to interruptions, tantrums, and rebelliousness. They have learned to sit still in church for an extended length of time and to accept that their way is not what matters. Those years are normally the pre-school years.
Then you watch parents who are counting down the days to when they can see their kids off to school to get back to what they want to do. When that happens you see how they really view children.
But from ages 5-10/11 kids are forming standards, morals, goals, and convictions. At this age they are thrust into an immoral and atheistic world where the values of a godly life and mind are completely at odds with it. They swim in a polluted pool, and we wonder how they become spiritually and socially so sick.
They begin to conform themselves to their classmates. They learn how life works but not from the wise mouth of their parents, but from the foolish lips of fellow classmates. It is at this critical stage in life that we pass them off to a godless system with the quaint idea that if we pray for them it will all be good.
Parents too often think that if they are in a solid church, and the kids are in a good school and the parents show an interest in their children’s lives that everything will turn out fine.
But this is a lie we tell ourselves.
We think that if the kid is in Sunday School then they will be fine, but we cannot find the time to teach our children in family worship. We think that spending ½ an hour or so a day after work and school with our kids will reveal any issues of the heart that need to be addressed, but it doesn’t.
By the last years of school they are now debating life and morals and goals. They are forming long-term senses of purpose for themselves.
It is done in the realm of the enemy. It is not the parent building the deep convictions into their heart; it is the drama teacher, the english teacher or some coach.