My goal, and yours, is to keep attainment of the Dominion Mandate of Genesis 1 always up front in our thinking (Gen. 1:26–28; Ps. 8:5–6; Matt. 28:20; Heb. 2:7–8). So please keep it in mind as you read this brief review of Part 1 of my March 12, 2008 article. In it, a homeschooling mom told us about a singular moment of inspired insight by one of her young children. It was a “eureka” type event that all homeschoolers are likely to experience if and when biblical worldview and Dominion Mandate training is integrated with academics. After grasping the full physical, spiritual and mental implications of “abortion” as best an 8 year old could, our homeschool hero looked intently at his parents and said, “When I get big I’m going to change that law.” U.S. Christians will need many such moments if we desire a favorable outcome in the national culture war. And, they’re there for the taking if we’ll just give them the chance.
Eleven years have passed since that insight. He’s now in a Christian college pursuing a political science major. Naturally, it’s too soon to say whether the following scenario will come to pass, but our storybook ending has him becoming a successful lawyer, then a legislator and finally a modern-day, nation-unifying Wm. Wilberforce. His convictions and skill will help end abortion and the moral dysfunction that still enslaves many. But, either way we know he’s on a path that has much better potential to please God and to help with the Dominion Mandate than had he been sacrificed to the pro-abortion (and, directly related, “being sexually active is fine”) brainwashing in the government public schools.
The mother of our poly-sci major reported that her second oldest son, still at home, recently read Part 1. She said, “He didn’t know that any of it was about us. He said, ‘Wow, these parents sound like mine…this family sounds like us… Hey! This is us!’” American Vision hopes his surprise will turn out to be a lifelong encouragement to him, and for his sister and three younger brothers.
Hats off to these two homeschool parents who happily let God recruit them into His Army of the Obedient. They’re giving their six children a Bible-enhanced approach to academics plus a biblical worldview of all of life. The recruiting of more and more parents to a home-based, Christian discipleship program must become our national goal.
More good news, and whatever his ultimate vocation, I’ve learned that the oldest son continues to show the same interest in presuppositional apologetics (a branch of theology everyone needs to master) as he did while studying at home. As children of God and with the Bible as our basic book, all foundational truths about logic, philosophy, reason and epistemology as they apply to society-impacting discussion and debate are “owned” by us. We need to wake up to that fact because where it counts, in the media; in the courts; in the college classroom; just for three, public-school-trained “graduate/converts” are winning the battles for the mind. They win because, K-12 they’ve been taught that humanism is “the way” and Christianity the enemy. And they’ve been given all the relevant slogans, mantras and details necessary to win the debates. Even kids from Christian homes who waste their formative years in the public schools know the material so well that they, our own people, as adults, often end up working against us.
Teaching the “presuppositional” or “transcendental argument” theories to children or to anyone isn’t all that easy and takes years of dedicated practice and role playing. But, our goal of gaining supremacy during community debates (so long as we stay gracious and polite) is worth it. We want our “soldiers” to prevail while persuading others (or at least planting the seeds) about the rightness of Christian positions. To illustrate, I’ll use a story told by Ravi Zacharias, possibly the greatest Christian apologist of our times.
He describes an incident from John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. Per an article in the July 5, 2003 Washington Post, Roman Catholic and pro-abortion Kerry had told Iowa voters he was “personally opposed” to abortion and that life begins at conception. Yet he had been a routine supporter of federal tax-payer funded abortions in the Senate and even voted against a ban on gruesome, partial birth abortions. He wanted to look conservative in Iowa, but his “yes” and “no” positions were wholly inconsistent.
Zacharias then shifted to a directly related event in a 1992 vice-presidential debate between Al Gore and Dan Quayle. Gore used a debating trick that Quayle could not handle effectively. Three times Gore condescendingly said to Quayle, “Repeat after me; ‘A woman has the right to her own body’.” To this Quayle attempted to reply with, “Every time an abortion is performed, you stop a beating heart.”
The irony here is that Gore publicly held the same position as Kerry, saying that while he was personally against abortion, it was, politically, a person’s right to choose. Zacharias wisely (get ready; here comes a presuppositional-related moment) said that an ideal response for Quayle would have been: “Senator Gore, please repeat after me; ‘The life in the human womb is indeed a life.’ If you agree, then what are you doing obliterating that life? If it’s not a life then why do you say you’re against abortion? If your answer is, ‘I don’t know’ then how many more decisions will you make from an agnostic platform?”
Clearly, this would have been dynamite. Had Quayle been similarly prepared, several good things might have happened: It would have taken all the steam out of Gore’s attack. An impressed audience would have instantly seen Christian Dan as the more convincing of the two. It might well have won converts to his position or even to Christianity. Ravi, being the specialist he is, probably could have managed it on the spot. For you or me, however, it would normally mean months to years of preparation before we could do it with ease and rhetorical effectiveness. Thus, the time to start this kind of training is when your kids are young, and there are many kid-friendly ways to do it. Turning it into a game played around the dinner table comes to mind. Such a route is another example of the kind of family bonding moment that homeschooling brings. It might even win our side a Christ-based “vice-presidency” of some important group some day, political or otherwise.