The World’s Second Oldest Religion (IX)

I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being … The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and new. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing the classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool day care or large state universities. John Dunphy, (“The Humanist,” Jan/Feb 1983)

While the Church slept soundly in the twentieth century, her enemies were hard at work to undermine the Church, and take over social institutions. How could they do this? Well, it was easy when the Church was sleeping soundly, unperturbed by thoughts of conflict. If you cannot see that Darwinism or Marxism provide a religious, ideological and educational challenge for your children, why bother to contend with these alien belief systems? If you aren’t aware that there is something worth fighting for, or that there is a war or even a battle taking place, why would you ever get out of bed?

For over a century in Australia (and in most the West), we have had compulsory, State education. Officially it seems, the responsibility for the education of children (which is commanded in the Bible) has passed from parents to a government instrumentality, and all while the Church was asleep. Today, it costs the Australian taxpayer around $13,500 per year to educate each child in a public school.  This is one of the real costs of transferring the responsibility of education from parents to the State. There are many more.

Now, we have governments institutionalising Child-Care, for children aged from as young as a few weeks old. Some children will spend 10 hours a day at these institutions. By the age of ten or twelve, they may have had only a very modest amount of interaction with their parents. And we wonder whether there was a deliberate plan. North points out,

The modern State seeks to steal the legacy of the faithful: the hearts and minds of children. The educational bureaucrats today have imposed a massive system of ideological kidnapping on the voters. This is the inherent nature of all compulsory education, regulated education, and tax-funded education. Education is not neutral. The bureaucrats have built a gigantic system of humanist indoctrination with funds extracted from all local residents…[1]

The outcome? Weak and poorly functioning families, dependent on the State for hand-outs and other forms of deliverance. And with the Australian 1975 Family Law Act  (which was deliberately structured to permit “no-fault” divorce,) these weak families are much more likely to divorce.

What does this teach us?

For too long we have ignored what the Bible says about education, and have entrusted this vital parental task to an institution that doesn’t have the grace from God for the task. We have foolishly entered the lion’s lair and taken our children with us, but the lion is just as predatory and rapacious as ever. Why? Because there is a lot at stake: jobs, money and power, and the self-serving and the rapacious won’t give these things up easily.

The solution? We get out of the lions’ lair with our children, and take up the responsibility for their education, which we were supposed to from the beginning. It’s not that hard. The consequences within a generation for individual families, for churches and the nation at large, could be absolutely amazing. But the scriptural warning is clear:

…if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword… (Isa.1:20).

[1] Gary North, “Inheritance and Dominion,” 1999, ch.28.