Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 14, 2016

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing." Romans 13:1-6

The Apostle Paul presented the Scriptural view of government in his letter to the Romans. Government exists to foster freedom and moral social order. 

With those principles in mind the Founders brilliantly created a system with a set of checks and balances and a Document containing clearly articulated limitations of the power of government.

That system and the Constitution that protects it have been under a systematic attack by Progressives for more than a century. One of the primary battlefields where this war has been waged is public education. 

In his book, "Well Versed", Dr. Jim Garlow details the powerfully destructive influence public education has had in undermining both Constitutional government and Christian Faith. Here's some excerpts from Chapter Six:

"As government has become more secular at its core, and clearly hostile through the misapplied and redefined concept of "separation of church and state," it's only natural to expect the most powerful tool for societal transformation - public school - to become its weapon of choice.

Is this an overstatement? Consider this: What possible justification can there be to violate a student's First Amendment rights of religious expression and practice, to selectively restrict the right of free speech, and to remove the freedom of assembly? Is it only for the purpose of removing any influence of Jesus Christ on a student's life?

Not only that, but in violating the student's individual liberties as encoded in the Constitution, the government is forcibly restraining that student from being the example of salt and light he or she is called to be every day (Matthew 5:13-16), not just in church on Sunday.

Our nation's failing academic standing isn't because of a supposed lack of funding at every level. To paraphrase Mark 8:36, what good would it be if all the money in the world went to education our children, but they would lose their very soul?

Our current educational system doesn't need a massive of new tax revenue; it needs to be rudely awakened to the fact that it is consumed (and corrupted) with anti-Christian bigotry. This blindness to the eternal value of faith can only be for one purpose - to knowingly or unknowingly turn an impressionable child away from faith that saves and points to the ultimate accountability we will all face. Our nation ignores this truth to its own detriment.

Parents, take responsibility of your children's education. Now! And if you are a believer attending college - stand firm! You are on the front lines of the battleground of the war zone where worldviews collide and agendas infiltrate Ask questions. Do personal research. Dig deep into Scripture. Seek God's wisdom, and commit everything you do to the almighty God. (I Thessalonians 5:16), who will help you fend off those influences that intend you harm."

I remind you of the advice given by the wisest man who ever lived, "train up a child in the way he should go" in spite of governmental obstacles.