Unwary Christians often stumble into the humanist treadmill. Talk show host Bob Durgin (Harrisburg, PA) had a guest minister on his program. They were discussing whether the subject of “God” should be part of the biology curriculum in a public school. I could see their eyes glaze over when a caller suggested that God has not authorized civil government to teach children in the first place. It’s a family matter. Civil government should stick to its own business of being a terror to evil doers. “How’d we get on that?” said the confused host.
The American culture has slipped so far down the line from its early mores since the Mayflower Compact (1620) and the Great Migration (1630-1641) that it can no longer see the light of day. It has drunk so deeply from the well of the eighteenth century Enlightenment; it did not see social Darwinism creeping in behind to shove it into the well. By now, it has fallen so far it cannot even see the sky. This culture does not need to be rescued from danger; it needs to be raised from the dead.
Myth: America needs to spend more money on public education.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). He not only “came into the world to save sinners” (I Tim. 1:15), but also to commission His followers to “teach all nations…to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). This Great Commission could only be launched by the Possessor of “all power in heaven and in earth” (v 18). He has promised to see this mission through until our work on earth is done (v 20).
“Discipling the Nations One Student at a Time” is the capstone of our mission at King’s Way Classical Academy. It is our hope that we never fail to declare the whole council of God as it applies to every subject we teach as well as to every area of life. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Tim. 3:16-17). Our purpose is to equip our students to take leadership in tomorrow’s world.
Engaged, but Not Entangled
The Bible deals with our engagement with the world. The apostle Paul tells us this in his second epistle to the Corinthians
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled” (II Cor. 10:4-6).
The Bible deals with our entanglement with the world. The apostle John tells us this in his first general epistle.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (I John 2:15-16).
These two principles set the parameters in Jesus’ prayer to the Father:
“I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil” (John 17:15)
Here we have the fulcrum of the Biblical balance to be like “the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (I Chron. 12:32).
A Case in Point
The enemies of truth are showing their true colors in many ways. The following story from Godfather Politics, September 23, 2011, under the headline “Student Punished for Christian Faith” is only one of thousands. And the number grows.
Fourteen year old Dakota Ary attends Western Hills High School in Fort Worth Texas. He is an honor student, plays football and has never been in trouble at school; that is until earlier this week.
According to Dakota, the topic of homosexuality has been discussed on a number of occasions in his German language class. When the topic came up in class again this week, he told the student behind him that he was a Christian and that he believed being a homosexual was wrong.
His German teacher overheard his comment and started yelling at him and threatened to write him up with an infraction and then sent him to the school’s office. Upon hearing what had taken place and what Dakota had said, the assistant principal gave Dakota a two day suspension from school.
The story continues: His mom, Holly Pope, was anything but passive. Her attorney, Matt Krause, is ready to take the case as a violation of “Dakota’s First Amendment right of free speech…all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The article goes on to cite other similar cases of abused Christian students in the cesspools of “learning” in the regimented government school citadels of perversion. We admire Mrs. Pope’s courage for taking on the public school bureaucracy, but question her judgment in placing her son there in the first place.
Cleaning up the Temples of Baal?
Case Closed: Fighting the case all the way to a secular humanist “supreme court” could have only one useful purpose—exposing the unfruitful works of darkness. Attempting to clean up the public school system is tantamount to baptizing humanism.
It is high time for parents to take back from civil authority their God-given responsibility for educating their children. Let us dismantle the temples of Baal. Don’t try to clean them up.
Another well-meaning, but misguided, project has local churches in Portland, Oregon, volunteering for Saturday work projects at government schools. This lends credibility to the government lie that they don’t have enough money. Moreover, it has weakened the resolve of many pastors to insist on Christian education for their communities.
If we are to have “understanding of the times” as “the children of Issachar,” we must become acclimated to being engaged, but not entangled. Now let’s go!