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Friday, February 9, 2018

Why The Church Has Remained So Silent


This "two-decker" pulpit rots in an abandoned chapel in Wales, Great Britain. Someone went to a lot of work to fashion this. Today, dogs sniff bird droppings from the rafters.

Photo by ceridwen [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If the Bible is irrelevant to the most important things taught in school, then it will certainly be irrelevant to the most important things outside of school, too. This is the devilish outcome of dualism. In the end, we all lose. 

Is it any wonder the biblical foundations for law, civil government, economics and family that once provided accepted harbor lights for our society have been replaced? The incessant move toward the secularization of education and the privatization of Christianity has been enormously successful, being expedited greatly through elementary and secondary schools.

Is it any wonder our youth are disinterested in church today, since Christianity is deemed irrelevant to the majority of their waking hours?

By divorcing the Light of God’s Word from language, literature, science, history, civil government, the arts and sports, we have created a Sacred-Secular Divide that has spanned several generations. The free exercise of religion is now defined as freedom of worship, restricted to a building called “church.” 

What’s more, Christianity, being first secularized then privatized, is now being demonized. Christians are branded “intolerant,” “bigots” and “haters.”

What doesn’t make sense is why the Church has remained so silent about the secularization of education. Bible-believing pastors would never tolerate secularized Sunday Schools. Yet to what degree does the silence of their leaders account for the fact that 85-90 percent of Christian parents continue to send their children to secularizing schools that are indoctrinating yet another generation into a dualistic way of seeing life that will only shape their future for ill—and everyone else’s as well?

Sending children to such schools to be “lights in the world” sounds noble, until they come home thinking like their textbooks, making no connection between any academic subject and the bigger picture of God’s Word. In the end, they are quite comfortable thinking Christianity is for church, or one’s personal life, or for getting souls to heaven, but not for directing a business, designing software, or performing civil service in the here-and-now. They become practicing Monday-morning atheists, and think nothing of it.

Our culture is suffering greatly because of this.

As the United States continues its transition from a post-Christian to an anti-Christian culture, churches still stand in the center of town. The congregants are fewer these days, and (as with other Western nations) the virtual disappearance of biblical thought from the public square is not far away. 

9 comments:

  1. Excellent analysis! My question remains, "How do we implement Jesus as Lord of all as long as education is occurring in a government school in a pluralistic nation? It seems ultimately if Jesus is Lord of all it can't happen in a pluralistic civil government. What do you think?

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    1. Robert, I am of the opinion that at this point, the "toothpaste" cannot be put back into the tube, when it comes to state-run education allowing the Bible to have a voice whatsoever (other than a literature piece). I think we need a truly pluralistic approach, in which the civil government would grant us the right to determine where our school-supporting taxes will go. I believe I should have the right to direct my taxes to Christian schools or homeschools, and others should have the right to direct their taxes to Jewish school, or Islamic schools or Humanist schools. This is true freedom of choice. See my Oct. 20 post, for more of my thoughts on this. http://biblicalworldviewmatters.blogspot.com/2017/10/bring-this-great-civil-injustice-before.html

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    2. Chris: Your statement "Christianity, being first secularized then privatized, is now being demonized" reminds me of the step-by-step outline provided by Rod Dreher in The Benedict Option (pp.45-46) of how secularization evolved beginning with the advent of nominalism in the 14th Century. It happened so gradually over time that good Christian folk never realized they had sold their birthright. Scary and sad.
      Well-written piece, Chris.

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  2. Too many of us (Christians) have accepted intimidation and accommodation as a modus vivendi, I'm afraid. We are "dhimmis" of the secular culture.

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    1. One also has to wonder if we will be allowed to peacefully co-exist indefinitely.

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  3. I believe part of the answer is in your statement, "...restricted to a building called 'church.'" and I hope to share my thoughts about this another day.

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  4. You mentioned "secularization." Sadly, most of Christendom here in America believes, as I ignorantly once did, that there are things that are sacred and things that are secular - things that are set apart to God and things that are not really in God's purview. One day I realized that the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof and that even all power has been delivered to Jesus - everything was created by him and for him and it all belongs to him "Right Now" and he's waiting to see what we will do with it. What we've been calling "secular" are just those things that belong to God, but which men have wrested out of His hand and said, "this doesn't belong to you any more and you don't have a right to it - we're going to decide how this should be used apart from you and the purpose that you designed it for."

    Christian people need to awaken to the truth and shake off the satanic lie that there are "secular" areas of life and society that we can't bring God into.

    Good Message!

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  5. Very well said. We need to pray for Pastors and also seminaries. They are in darkness in regards to this critical battle front.

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