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Finally: The Bottom Line on Christian Education vs. Public Schools

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Though in serious error last week in their conclusions, two writers for Rev. John MacArthur’s “Grace To You” (GTY) still must be thanked for stimulating some much needed discussion about the regularly ignored 500-pound gorilla in the church today. To wit: What’s the right education choice for Christian kids? Christian education, public schools, or both? Two articles, “Home, Private or Public School?” and “Does the Bible Mandate Home School?” as found at GTY’s “Pulpit” link, generated an amazing 240 blog comments. (Most disagreed with GTY’s surprising claim that Scripture is not clear about youth education.) One GTY article (Busenitz) claimed the question takes searchers into “gray areas” of Scripture so that finding solutions automatically becomes what GTY calls a difficult “wisdom issue,” which is a grayer area still. That is, the Bible is supposedly so silent to GTY on youth education that at the end of the day, parents, after thumbing thither and yon through Scripture, finally are left to wrestle through alone, hoping they get it right. (I wonder if churches view Sunday School as a “wisdom issue”?)   

But let’s cut through the blur of 240 opinions and go to the heart of the matter. This debate is not, as Busenitz opined, about whether refusing to homeschool is a sin. It’s about whether sending Christian children to the humanistic, state-controlled schools is. Or, asked this way, Does Scripture brim over with guidance and wisdom about education or not? Wisdom which powerfully compensates for our frail human understanding? Or should we surrender to GTY’s timorous claim that, in the end, Scripture is so vague that parents have no recourse other than to take a holy “wisdom guess?” Let’s find out: U.S. public schools would say one of their goals is to impart wisdom. But by law they “must be neutral” regarding “religion.” (Let’s be honest. “Christianity and God” are what they mean.) But what word, other than “hatred,” might possibly represent any greater degree of educational schizophrenia and disrespect for a Creator who tells us that fear of Him is the very beginning of wisdom, than “neutrality? (Prov. 1:7). Posing as “neutral” on an issue of this import is the same as being opposed, yet we know “He that is not with me is against me” (Matt. 12:30). Consider the daily classroom propaganda in historical revisionism, socialism/statism, evolution, no absolutes, no phonics, no truth, moral relativism, peer locker-room talk, condom practice  and the “diversity” training so dear to the LGBT crowd that the public schools (PS) and all-powerful NEA support so avidly. Daily drill in this stuff dictates that the student will be walking in the counsel of the ungodly and learning the way of the heathen (Ps. 1:1, Jer. 10:2). Further, the PS’s very unnatural, unbiblical device of age-segregated peer-group “educating” brings with it a host of unbiblical behavior. The sheer amount of time (14,000 K-12 seat hours) in this mandated environment (think truancy laws) creates a much closer spiritual and emotional bonding with (often) poorly behaved classmates and teachers than with family, parents and siblings. Not good. (Honor thy father and mother: Ex. 20:12.) PS acquiescence to shameless, suggestive, sloppy dress, weird hair and weird peer piercings also stems from PS disinterest in upholding Bible-based moral standards. During the 13 most valuable years for learning that exist, the State is teaching its deadly perversions, much of it in an indirect way. Direct or indirect, it’s a cinch that to whatever extent the average parent is trying to instill Deuteronomy 6 principles in their children, the message is very likely to be severely minimized if not eradicated altogether.

Finally then, the big question: Because it goes so radically against Scripture, is what the PSs teach sin? If it is, then if I send my children to these temples of mind destruction, is that also a sin? The Bible says that a Christian who knows righteous behavior but doesn’t behave righteously has transgressed God’s law (Rom. 6:13, 15; 1 John 3:4, 5:17; James 4:17). Last week, however, GTY quickly raced to prevent any such “needless parental guilt” by reassuring us “we’re no longer under law but under grace.” (Typical of this mindset is the use of 1 Corinthians 9:21 to “prove” we are mostly under Christ’s law now, not God’s.) The truth is that the “grace not law” adage almost always implies that OT law passages are for the most part canceled, forcing still-searching parents into GTY’s ambiguous “wisdom issue” abyss. But since we all believe in the abiding validity of the Ten Commandments, why aren’t the rest of the OT moral laws (but not the ceremonial, sacrificial, or dietary) still valid too? David pens 176 verses in awestruck tribute to God’s law where we find no hint whatsoever that “God’s law was meant only for an agrarian, nomadic, BC Israel.” The law’s a good thing for all people of all ages (1 Tim 1:8). As Ecclesiastes 12:13 “concludes the matter,” we learn that man’s whole duty is to fear God and keep His commandments. But, sadly, per GTY, nearly 3/4s of God’s Holy Word is, in theory, taken off the table for behavioral standards. For those who agree with GTY, it would be good to hear their response when asked whether the “wisdom issue” basis for interpreting God’s laws might have some small relationship to the societal freefall seen in the land of hot dogs, baseball and apple pie, but where very little Bible “tradition” remains.

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