Christianity and Culture (5)

The restoration of Christian culture can come only from outside the existing educational system. The churches must abandon the lust for certification through secular college education, beginning with the removal of all requirements for candidates for the ministry to attend State-accredited colleges and seminaries. Parent-funded Christian education, beginning at the lowest level, must steadily replace the tax-funded system of State-accredited secular education. The graduate schools will be the last to fall. This means that curriculum materials must be written which are systematically in opposition to the presuppositions of modern secularism. The Bible must be placed above conventional curriculum materials.[1]

Change isn’t easy for the church, but when the assumptions about education that have driven the church for hundreds of years have been terribly wrong, change becomes critical.

Any time in history that God’s people have become dependent on government to get ahead and do what they need to do, it’s ended in tears.

Why? Because governments have an entirely different set of values and concerns that drive them. At any time in history, but especially when society is deeply secular (as it is today), hoping that a government registered and funded education system will actually be helpful for our children, and consistent with a Biblical world view is not only futile, but it is ignoring the nature of fallen man.

Government bureaucracies have an agenda of their own, which is extraordinarily simple: they look after themselves, and they want their budget to grow, or at least to be maintained. When called upon to consider and authorise the funding of education, their definition of a quality education is one that requires no real change on their part, while they hold to a philosophical position that is hostile to Christian education.

Should we be surprised? This is what fallen people do. They are consistent with their father the devil, so they are hostile to anything Christian.

Jesus made this perfectly clear for us. John said of Him, that “…He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man” (Jn.2:25). He also said, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil” (Jn.7:7).

Biblical truth requires that parents take responsibility for their children’s education, so when Christians ever entertain the notion that Public Education is going to be acceptable for their child, they are really proposing that they are wiser than God, and that His Word (so far as their child’s education is concerned) can be discarded. Did we really ever believe this could ever end in something, other than pain and tears?

Paul warned us about this:

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? (II Cor.6:14).

The fact is that we in the Western church have become terribly dependent on the state, and this itself will have to change. It is a form of slavery. Most of the Western church has entirely lost its initiative to act with boldness and confidence, by faith in God. Thus we are in a truly shocking state of immaturity, subservience and decline. Thankfully, God is at work in all of this, so that we will be brought to account in the church for all of our errors.

Accountability in this regard, could very well be the first step toward change, reformation and effectiveness. But there is much more. The church needs a massive dose of Christian confidence. Where will this come from? Where it’s always come from: God’s Word. As the church goes back to His Word and His law, we will find the grace to regain our confidence and sense of direction. For He spoke through Joshua,

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate in it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success (Joshua 1:8).

Conclusion:

Every culture can be changed. It can, should and will be changed by Christians, who give themselves to God, His Word and His law, over generations. Change must begin in the church and in the grass-roots of the community. It never works if it’s imposed from on high by government edict. Christians must begin to say of the scripture:

This is the book God gave us. This is the law, found in the temple and presented to godly Josiah by the priest, when he was engaged in a godly reformation of Israel (II Chron.35:14-21). This is the document that should be guiding any godly society. It must guide ours from here on, beginning in the church.

Is that what you’ll say, too?

 

 

 

[1] Gary North, “Hear, Fear and Testify,” (www.garynorth.com), 23/4/2016.