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Friday, January 15, 2016

What Is At Stake With Our Young People


This is beautiful, historic downtown Staunton, Virginia, in Augusta County, USA. One of the schools we are working with, Grace Christian School, is located here. A week before Christmas, the public schools of Augusta County were closed for a day because of possible "risk of harm to school officials" amid an angry backlash of parents over an assignment given to some high school students at Riverheads High School. The assignment was for the students to copy the Shahada in Arabic calligraphy. The Shahada is a Muslim creed, which says: "There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." The parental revolt made national news. John Morrison, the Superintendent of Grace Christian School, commented on this matter in his blog to parents this week. With John's permission, I am passing his words on to our readers. [Photo by henristosch, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, Wikipedia.]

While Christian parents at that particular school may have been justifiably concerned about the teacher's assignment, I believe they have missed the deeper, more fundamental issue. And that issue is simply this: what is the basic religious worldview that their children are being taught everyday in public school, and is the content of that worldview perhaps far more alarming than the assignment this public school teacher gave to her students?

The following quotation from our dear friend, Dr. Christian Overman, founder of Worldview Matters, articulates my concerns quite succinctly:

"If it is a religious matter to teach or imply that the Bible provides a standard for moral order, is it not also a religious matter to teach or imply that it does not? If it is a religious position to say, 'Jesus is Lord of all, and by Him and through Him all things exist,' is it not also a religious position to say in so many words, or lack thereof 'Christ and the Bible are irrelevant to our discussion on biology, art and math?' Are not both statements religious statements?

To teach students that Christ and the Bible are irrelevant to biology, art and math can be done very effectively without telling them this directly. A teacher does not have to stand in front of a class and say 'the Bible has nothing to do with our discussion' to communicate the message that the Book is irrelevant.

If we think the current U.S. system of education is religiously neutral, we must think again. If state schools were indoctrinating children in Buddhism, Islam or Native American Animism, many Christian parents would hit the ceiling. Maybe. But when it comes to the indoctrination of children in John Dewey's so-called 'Common Faith,' which he referred to as a non-theistic faith, Christian parents are curiously passive."

Because of what is at stake with our young people, I am not overtly concerned about stepping on toes with the above comments. We should not be surprised at the devastation of our national values and those of our young people that are largely the outcome of secularist education! 

We cannot throw out long-standing traditions of Christian education as practiced by the Church down through the centuries, by turning our children over so secularist educators, and then expect them to stand in our faith.

Previous generations clearly understood this. What will it take to awaken ours?


4 comments:

  1. Wow. So powerful! Thanks for the influence you are having with educators around the country and the world Christian!

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  2. How I appreciate all efforts to "keep us on our toes" regarding the attempts of secularist educators to undermine the beliefs of our children - even the beliefs of their parents!

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  3. Succinctly and poignantly put, Christian. Christian and secular worldviews are mutually exclusive to the degree they are both essentially "religious." I've taken a much wordier tack http://christiancounselorsforum.com/archives_atheism.shtml

    Blessings,
    Daniel

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    1. Thanks much, Daniel.

      It is interesting to note that when John Dewey (the Father of Progressive Education in the U.S. and an unashamed atheist) first started writing about "Humanism" (an atheistic worldview), he referred to it as "religious Humanism."

      Humanists have since dropped the "religious" tag. But, as you point out so well, atheism is certainly religious.

      John Dewey (signer of the Humanist Manifesto I of 1933) was very correct to call atheistic Humanism religious.

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