Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Education is Not Neutral

Thanks to the Deputy Headmistress for pointing me to these articles by Buried Treasure. They are worth a look. Here's a quote from Part 2.
Education is not neutral, and the methods we use to educate our children are not neutral. The government has no jurisdiction biblically or constitutionally to take money from one group of citizens and give it to another for a purpose it deems worthy,
Neutral is not an option for the Christian parent. We are called to teach our children not just knowledge but wisdom. The foundation for wisdom is found in the fear of the Lord. Since the public schools position is "neutral" on who God is and there is no fear of the Lord, there is no foundation for wisdom. (See How Then Shall We Educate)

From time to time I am challenged on this. Here's an exchange I had with a fellow blogger a while back that is worth repeating.

In response to How Then Shall We Educate fellow blogger Jeremy Pierce wrote
Not assuming there is a God does not amount to assuming there's no God. The public school system is silent on that issue. If we confuse those two things, we'll be the intellectual laughingstocks nonbelievers think we are
Jesus said in Luke 11:23 "He who is not with Me is against me and He who does not gather with me scatters"

According to Jesus, anyone who is not professing a belief in HIM is actually against HIM. That's a hard lump to swallow in our "tolerant" age.

God has not given parents the luxury of being neutral in the discipleship of our children. This is includes the schools, teachers, and curriculum that we allow influence in our children's lives.

Jesus said in Mathew 18:6 "but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy milstone be hung around his neck and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea."

Putting my children under the tutelage of those that do not profess Christ is a stumbling block. I do not want to stand before God knowing that I caused my little ones to stumble.

As far as being a laughing stock to non-believers I am not too worried. Noah went into the boat a minority and came out the majority.

Jeremy also comments,
Also, you're assuming that there will be no wisdom just because the most fundamental foundation of wisdom isn't there. Lots of people have excellent wisdom and indeed have some foundation for it without fundamentally grounding that foundation in something deeper. To claim otherwise is to act as if everyone who doesn't believe in God is a moral nihilist, and nothing could be further from the truth. Maybe they have no intellectual justification for their moral views, but they have them, and as with many other things that's due to God's common grace.
Yes, you are correct. I am saying that without the foundation for wisdom there is no wisdom. But I am not assuming it. Scripture declares it. Can there be a tree without a seed? Can there be an apple without a tree? Psalm 111:10 states "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom". Those that argue that wisdom can come without the fear of the Lord are arguing for a middle without a beginning. One cannot be wise about somethings without having a foundation for wisdom. A tree without roots will not stand.

I also don't believe that one can be "good" without God.

Romans 3:23 states, "For all have sinned a fall short of the glory of God."

Psalm 53:1 states, "The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," they are corrupt and have commited abominable injustice, there is no one who does good."

If people could be good without God there would be no need for a Savior. To see ourselves the way we truly are and to see God for who HE is will be the foundation for the education of my children.

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