Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bring Them Up in the Discipline and Instruction of the Lord

As if the evidence were not clear enough already, Christian parents must take note of what is going on with the public education establishment in our country. The NEA and the DoE are at war with parents. They want to train up your children in the discipline and instruction of paganism, plain and simple, and they will stop at nothing to achieve their objective. But as Christian parents, we have a plain command to train up our children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. The contrast could not be clearer. We cannot be unequally yoked in the training of our children (2 Cor 6:14-7:1).

Please take a moment to read these important analyses.

1. "Parental Rights in Education" - timely and eye-opening words from Al Mohler.

2. Statement on the California gender indoctrination law by the World Congress of Families.

3. For some time now, Michael Farris and HSLDA have been working to promote a Constitutional amendment protecting parental rights. You can read an explanation of it here or here. On this point, I might add that a constitutional amendment may be a necessary but not sufficient protection for parental rights. Enacting a law, even at the level of the Constitution, can never substitute for transforming the core beliefs or worldviews of the populace and its leaders. It is precisely at this point that the church has a role. The church is not a political special interest group. It is the family of God bearing witness to Christ. As we proclaim the gospel, men are truly transformed. The church's ultimate ambition is not to preserve parental rights, per se. It is to see men and women repent of their sin and put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord. Under the lordship of Christ, people will see the importance of parental rights.

If you have more than a few moments, read this book, Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public Schools? by Douglas Wilson.

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