OneNewsNow.com, a news arm of the American Family Association, published a post-Obergefell article puffing the need to send Christian children into public schools. They got Baptist megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress to blurb it for them. Big venue, big topic, big issue, big name, high stakes—and it comes complete with a reader poll: “What educational environment is best for the children of Christians?”
The piece lures readers with the title, “Christians in public schools—time to exit?” But it is quickly clear that this AFA outlet’s answer is “no.” The piece was clearly designed to confirm the twentieth-century status-quo of public schooling: Christians are just fine here, just educate your children in Bible well at home on the side, and send those little apostles into the public schools as missionaries!
That is Jeffress’s pitch: “… I think if we do our job, frankly, in equipping our children in the truth of God’s Word, they can truly go to a public school as a missionary and not become [a] mission field [themselves].”
In fact, to call for pulling Christian children out would be “to abdicate and give over the public schools to Satan completely,” he says.
The good news is that the readers ain’t buyin’ it. Go to the poll for yourself and see the results. It’s not even close: as of 8:45am Thursday morning (7-16-2015), a whopping 86 percent believe Christian children need either homeschooling or private schooling. A paltry 7 percent say public school is best, and the remainder is “unsure.”
This is how badly the mainstream conservative Christian leadership is behind the grass roots activists (who else is actually reading and reacting to such an article and poll without outside prodding?). Among these concerned Christians who read and know and care, only a tiny handful still thinks public schooling is preferable. And the comments bear this out. You can take your own scroll down the lengthy list, but here’s a representative sample. “DcH” notes the fallacy of children being missionaries:
I do not agree… what kindergartener or for that matter first to sixth or higher are competent to recognize the manipulation of adults–think about how many Christian adults have been sucked into the manipulation.
Several people echoed this sentiment, some of them calling out Dr. Jeffress by name. Then, “Alex in Wonderland” went nuclear. The beginning of his long comment reads:
You’ve got to be kidding me. I almost didn’t click on the headline because of an assumption (given all that has gone on lately) that people would now be rallied and convinced behind a “it’s time to exit” strategy. How much proof do people need[?] That’s why I’m convinced there is a delusion going on in Christendom, and that those that realize the delusion will be determined to go against the flow for the sake of their children. And not be like Lot’s wife by looking back. There is no redeeming value. All destruction.
Dozens of comments repeat such points. Yet here the leadership stands preaching the old humanist, socialist, compromised way and now, holding a finger to the wind.
And look where the leaders themselves go when they need confirmation for their humanist, statist compromise: the mainstream conservative pulpit. In this case, it was Dr. Jeffress, but it could be any one of thousands of such pulpits across the land. They have for decades refused to preach God’s law and apply biblical law to social issues, and as a result have grown entrenched with, and dependent upon, the state for areas of life the Bible prescribes to the church or the family. And when things finally go sour, instead of repenting and returning to the Bible alone, the leadership defends the compromise.
At what point do you learn from your mistakes? At what point do you repent?
American Vision has been preaching biblical worldview for every area of life, and the need for total commitment to this worldview for decades. We have been preaching the need for homeschooling and for Christians to exit public schools en masse now for going on forty years. The good news is, there is still time, if you act now.
When I wrote Restoring America One County at a Time, the first topic I addressed was education. It was clear to me then, as it is now, that the first step Christians must take is to accept full responsibility, and control, of education for their children. And since this is one area of life in which we still do have such freedom, it makes no sense not to do so. The only question is whether we’re willing to make some personal sacrifice to do so.
The alternative is not just taking a risk with our children. It is placing our children, their future, their faith, and what is left of the sacred blessings of liberty into the hands of many people who hate all these things. Dr. Jeffress fears we are abdicating the public schools to Satan. The truth is, they were his from their inception. It is not the schools that will be abdicated to Satan, but the children of Christians who send them in.
It is very heartening to see such powerful opposition from grass roots like this. I hope that it grows and grows. It is time for all Christians to make this change, and if the leadership keeps preaching compromise, it’s time to change them, too.