This is the anti-public school resolution submitted to the SBC and rejected. I’m interested to know what my readers (both of you!) think of it. I am particularly interested in what you think of the “Whereas” clauses. Do you disagree with the fundamental points? Or simply disagree with the conclusion?
I have excerpted and emphasized the parts that are particularly compelling to me. Here is a link to the full resolution.
Whereas, the Bible commands that fathers are to bring up their children in the training and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4), and all parents have an obligation to strive by all means to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, and
Whereas, all authority in heaven and on earth belongs to Jesus, and He has commanded us to make disciples of our children and teach them to observe everything He has commanded (Mt. 28:19-20), and
Whereas, teaching our children everything that Jesus commanded involves their learning to think biblically about all the spheres of human thought, activity, and life (Dt. 6:4-9) so that they take every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5), and
Whereas, our thinking is not to be conformed to this world’s way of thinking, but our minds are to be renewed and sanctified by the truth of God’s Word (Rom. 12:2; Jn. 17:17), and
Whereas, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Pr. 1:7) and in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col. 2:3), any instruction that does not begin with the fear of the Lord, teaching the centrality of Jesus Christ for understanding all of life cannot properly be said to impart wisdom or knowledge to children, and
Whereas, Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters” (Lk. 11:23), the government school system that claims to be “neutral” with regard to Christ is actually anti-Christian, so that children taught in the government schools are receiving an anti-Christian education, and
Whereas, the government schools are by their own confession humanistic and secular in their instruction, the education offered by the government schools is officially Godless, and
Whereas, the Bible says, children are like arrows in the hand of a warrior (Ps. 127:3-5), we must understand that children are weapons (arrows) to be aimed for the greatest impact in the kingdom of God. Just as it would be foolish for the warrior to give his arrows to his enemies, it is foolish for Christians to give their children to be trained in schools run by the enemies of God, and
Whereas, training to be a faithful witness should be a vital part of a Christian child’s education, and
Whereas, the millions of children in government schools spend 7 hours a day, 180 days a year being taught that God is irrelevant to every area of life, and
Whereas, many Christian children in government schools are converted to an anti-Christian worldview rather than evangelizing their schoolmates, and
Whereas, the Bible teaches that the companion of fools will be destroyed (Pr. 13:20), and that people are prone to be deceived into thinking that evil company will not corrupt them (1Cor. 15:33), it is incumbent upon ministers of the gospel to warn God’s people that their children are being corrupted by spending half of their waking hours instructed by teachers who are required by law to inculcate a Godless education
I find the argument very compelling. Our
government public schools are, by law and by design, thoroughly secular. By excluding God, they are implicitly teaching that He is irrelevant. Children spend 7 hours a day, 180 days a year, receiving an atheistic education. And further, many of the people who prepare the textbooks, the administrators who design the curriculum and plan the school day, and the teachers who do the actual teacher, are often not Christians. The Bible tells us that this makes them enemies of God, slaves of Satan, who do Satan’s will. Does it make _any_ sense to turn 5 year olds over to this system? Do we want slaves of Satan teaching a godless worldview to our children through lessons that simply ignore Him and present strictly natural and human causes behind history?