Education and Current Events
We Are Losing Our Children
The above is the title of a speech given by T. C. Pinckney, a former
Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2001. He pointed
out that research has found that 70% of the children now attending
church will be unchurched by the age of 20. Add to that that only about
30% of today’s youth attend church at all, that means that within two
years of leaving high school only about 10% of young people will still
be in church. Why this is happening is the result of both the actions
and inactions of Christians and atheists/evolutionists.
In the 1830’s Horace Mann and some wealthy Unitarians lobbied the Massachusetts legislature to establish a state run public school system. Up until then parents ran their schools thru their churches. What Horace Mann and the Unitarians wanted to do was to get Christian churches out of the education business. They knew what Benjamin Kidd knew when he wrote “Give us the young and we will create a new mind and a new earth in a single generation”. Ten years later Ross L. Finney, Ph.D. wrote “It is the business of teachers to run not merely the school, but the world; and the world will never be truly civilized until they assume that responsibility”. The American Humanist Association knows what kind of “civilized” world they want, “In order to capture this nation, one has to totally remove moral and spiritual values and absolutes from the thinking of the child. The child has to think that there is no standard of right and wrong, that truth is relative, and that diversity is the only absolute to be gained.” The atheists/evolutionists have been remarkably successful in making their belief system the guiding philosophy of American public education. The fact that there are many good Christians in the public schools does not change the atheist foundation it is now built upon.
How the school system went from Christian to atheist in its foundation is a matter of history, what you do about it is a matter of choice. How many churches and Sunday schools give lessons on Biblical biology, astronomy and geology? God thought these subjects important enough to be included in His Book. The Bible gives us lessons on these subjects. If the churches don’t teach what the Bible says on these subjects, who will? The public schools will be glad to teach their atheistic version. Our children must be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them. This is one place where ignorance is not bliss.
What prompted my writing this article was an email I received from Heidi, a parent of a student at one of the schools where I had the Creation Museum this April. She wrote that she objected to a statement in a letter that is sent home to parents before I arrive at a school. This sentence was “The books & materials can be an on-going resource to equip & empower you & your children to oppose the evolutionist establishment & philosophy.” She wrote, “I think that encouraging such “opposition” is not an appropriate message to send to our children & that tolerance of differing views (so long as they are not harmful, illegal or immoral) should be encouraged. We each have a right to our own religious freedom & beliefs, & teaching our children to actively “oppose” those views of others seems to fly in the face of Christian doctrine”. But what could possibly be more harmful than the philosophy/religion of evolutionism which repudiates God?
In my reply to her I pointed out that Jesus said that He was the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no one could come to the Father but by Him. Jesus is utterly intolerant of error. He will forgive our sins, but He will never excuse them. There is only one Truth, that is God’s Truth. In this world none of us will ever come to a complete knowledge of all of God’s Truth, but we do need to acknowledge that it is there. Heidi wrote that “Jesus is my personal Savior & I’ve come to know him to be much different (more loving, embracing, encouraging, & peace-loving) than you describe”. What Heidi fails to recognize is that the most loving thing you can do is to tell someone who is on the road to Hell that they are wrong, that they need to repent and start over. That is the kind of love Jesus showed during His ministry on earth and the kind of love He still shows us thru the Holy Spirit.
Heidi is one of that class of Christians who think that you can get along in the world by going along with the world and that tolerance means acceptance of all ideas. She is the kind of Christian who wants to see the love of God, but ignore the justice of God. God wants all people to come to him, but will judge those who reject him.
All children are homeschooled, wherever their formal instruction takes place, because the first and most important teachers are always the parents. Parents must be able to equip their children with the knowledge both from the Bible and from God’s Creation to effectively refute the deceptions of the secularists, evolutionists and anyone else who denies the truth of God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2