THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING PARENTS, CHURCH, AND NATION
By Dr. Robert Dreyfus
James Dobson & Gary Bauer state in their book, Children at Risk: “A great Civil War of Values rages today…Two sides with vastly differing and incompatible worldviews are locked in a bitter conflict that permeates every level of society…the struggle now is for the hearts and minds…the war is not fought with bombs and bullets, but with ideas.”
The struggle is for the hearts and minds of our children. The enemy’s main weapon is the public (government) schools which have indoctrinated generations of children to believe in evolution, relativism, post-modernism, feminism, multiculturalism, socialism, mindless tolerance, sexual promiscuity, phony self-esteem, and indoctrinate children into accepting homosexuality as a normal alternate lifestyle. Schools have also lowered academic standards; teaching that God is irrelevant and that the philosophy of secular humanism holds the best hope for mankind.
Secular education’s goal is to sever our nation from its Christian moorings, and to instill a secular worldview in children so that when they become adults serving in the courts, the government, the news media, the entertainment industry, and even in our churches a secular worldview will prevail. Our children are our most precious possession. Regardless of a parent’s belief or motivation, all parents want the best for their children whether the goal for their education is strictly academic proficiency or that in addition, their child is raised with a Christian worldview.
There are 31 million children between the ages of 5 and 12. Studies show that by the time a child reaches the age of 13 he has developed the worldview and the relationship he will have with Christ throughout his life! We should concentrate on saving as many children as possible before their hearts are hardened to the gospel. Children who have gone thru government schools are much more difficult to reach with the Gospel. Christians need to provide a Christian education for their children either by home schooling them or placing them in a thoroughly Christian school.
For nearly a century Christians have been losing the cultural war. The reason for this, we’ve been treating symptoms rather than the disease causing the problems – the secular schools. George Barna’s studies show that only 7% of Christian adults have a Christian worldview. Unfortunately, most Christians are unaware of the toxic effects that public schools are having upon their children, and so, spend time, energy, and money in the hopeless task of seeking to improve them.
In Deut 6:4-9 and in many other Scriptures, God gave the responsibility to parents that children should be brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Secular Humanism has no place in our hearts, churches, homes, or classrooms. Secular schools belong to the world of the antichrist, and we to that of Christ our Lord. We have different lords, and we also need a different kind of education. Christian children are being devastated spiritually, morally and academically by a pagan ideology taught on a daily basis. Two hours of Church does not make up for thirty-five hours a week in a secular school.
Martin Luther stated, “There is nothing which will more surely earn hell for a man than the improper training of his children; and parents can perform no more damaging bit of work than to neglect their offspring…it is highly necessary that every person regard the soul of his child with greater concern than the flesh which has come from him, that he consider the child nothing less than a precious, eternal treasure, entrusted to his protection by God so that the devil, the world, and the flesh do not steal and destroy it. For the child will be required from the parent on Judgment Day in a very strict reckoning.”
Mt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Abortion is monstrous, but an aborted child is held blameless, and is a partaker of God’s grace. However, children who die at an age of accountability, and have not yet repented of their sins and accepted Christ as their personal Savior, will perish in their sins.
A report by the Baptist Council on Family Life in 2002 found that 88% of children from evangelical homes who attend government schools leave the church will within 2 years of graduation from high school, and most never return! Contrast this with another study which showed that over 90% of home schooled children accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Professor R. L. Dabney of Union Theological Seminary said, “The education of children for God is the most important business done on earth. Every parent especially ought to feel, every hour of the day, that next to making his own calling and election sure, this is the end for which he is kept alive by God – this is his task on earth.”
II Co 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” We deliberately disobey God’s commandments when we send our children to government schools.
Does it make sense to expend all our time, energy, and money on lesser things, ignoring the most important issue? Many Christians perform good works. However, doing good works may prevent you from engaging in the most important issue. Roy Branson said, “There are a thousand good things you can do for your country, but there is but one Best! Beware of “Good Things,” for the “Good Things” have always been the greatest enemy of “The Best.” Therefore, “Good Things” can destroy your country and your future.
Please, consider giving a portion of your time and finances to help in this effort to remove our children from the public school system. Doing this will save millions of children’s souls, and perhaps even save our nation.
For additional information: The Harsh Truth About Public Schools by Dr. Bruce Shortt