Concerns at Christmas Parade: Tract on Christians and Public School
On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, our little local town held its annual Christmas parade. I and my older boys, as well as another friend took the opportunity to pass out 200 plus tracts. One tract was a salvation tract dealing with evolution. The other was a tract I wrote titled Six Reasons Christian Parents Should Remove Their Children From Public School.
The parade moved quickly, and people were focused on the parade, so we did not usually stop to talk with people unless they drew us into conversation. We merely greeted them with “Merry Christmas!” and handed them a tract. One of the local Christian gentlemen we passed the public school tracts to replied in an email which I in turn responded to. The dialog is below.
I wrote back to the Christian gentleman, R.D.:
Thank you for your kind and gentle email. I appreciate your concern and appreciate you responding. This issue can be a very emotional one, especially when one’s self or spouse is employed by the public school system.
I am glad you have asked questions. I hope I am able to adequately respond, and am happy to continue dialog beyond this if you feel it might be fruitful.
I am including some attachments that I hope will be helpful. In responding, I will do so in the midst of your email. My comments are indicated by ***************
One of the attachments is a document created by the International Church Council Project titled Concerning the Education of Christian Children. The ICCP is composed of a wide cross section of Christian leaders and theologians. Though not all of them are on the Steering Committee, you can see a list of the Steering Committee here.
I believe the International Church Council Project has provided a clear Biblical response to the issue of educating Christian children. That file attachment is: 21_Education_Christian_Child_A&D and can be found on the internet here.
R.D.’s email to me follows with my interjections where you find ***************
From: R.D. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:11 PM
Subject: Christian Parents; Public School
Hello. I received one of the flyers you handed out at the parade in Eminence. I found your conclusions to be rather disturbing and offensive.
********** Yes, I understand how difficult this must be.
My wife is a school teacher in Eminence, and her among other educators are followers of God.
************** There are many Christians within the public school system. The problem is that the system is bigger than any Christian teacher, administrator, or group of them in any public school. Curriculum is mandated from the Federal level. Though school boards may be given choices between several sets of curricula, they are all prescreened and preapproved at the Federal level and the choices provided only give the appearance of local participation in the curriculum selection. The curriculum is increasingly influenced by the United Nations.
Although I agree with you about one thing; children do face a fight among others to represent God and to be an example of Him. But do you really believe that separation is the answer? Aren’t we supposed to reach out to the unbelievers and be witnesses to them? How do you suppose that to happen if we separate ourselves from them?
************* These are good questions. The necessary question to ask is: What does God require of Christian parents when it comes to educating the children God has entrusted to their care? God requires Christian children be raised in the “nurture and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 5). The Holy Scriptures tell us that this process is an all-day-process (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). The problem with sending our children to the government mandated school system is that the system, as a system, has been designed (over time by the influential educational leaders) to remove Christianity from the children and thus remove Christianity from the culture generation by generation. The public school system has been exceedingly successful in this. Albeit local Christian teachers have no such intention, yet the system is effective beyond Christian teachers. Far from creating a Christian environment where children are taught to fear the Lord (the beginning of wisdom), the system (not every teacher) actually teaches that God is irrelevant, unnecessary, or non-existent, for the system mandates that God be left on the street curb. And even if Christian teachers are able in some measure to provide a Christian witness, the system overwhelms those efforts, as is evident by the statistics.
**************** If you wish to become more informed regarding the history and development of the government schools which have their roots in the Common Schools of the early history of our nation, and how they have developed and become what they are today, I would be glad to provide you with sources to become informed.
***************** Many a Christian parent supposes they are compelled by the Great Commission to send their children to the government schools so they can be light and salt among the non-churched children. One defect with this thinking is that so far from evangelizing the non-Christian children, the Christian children themselves are evangelized away from the Faith. This can be observed on Sunday morning by the dearth of Christian young people in the congregation. This has been documented statistically even by the Southern Baptists (see attachment) wherein approximately 85% of the SB children attend public school and by within two years after graduating from high school, 80% of these have laid aside their Christian faith, and do not attend church any longer. This means that 8 out of 10 of the Christian children who attend government school (according to the SB) lose their faith within two years of graduating high school. We must ask the question: Who is evangelizing whom?
**************** As I mentioned in the tract you received, parents do not place their young children, untrained, and unequipped on the front lines of a war. Indeed, men of some maturity and strength go to war. Children would only go to war as a very last effort to save a civilization, and then the results would no doubt be brutal. Yet 85% of Christian children are placed on one of, if not the hottest battle line in the worldview war, the government school system. Jesus never advocated sending children to such a battlefront. In fact He said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6 (NKJV) It is evident that Christ’s little ones are made to stumble when 8 out of 10 deny their faith as I have described, and as the SB has reported. Parents who send their children to the system that does this are complicit, perhaps ignorantly. Instead of young people with a well rounded Christian worldview, they end up more like the description Isaiah (2:8) provides: “For You have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with eastern [pagan/non-Christian] ways; They are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they are pleased with [to the point of imitating] the children of foreigners [non-Christians].” Isaiah 2:6 (NKJV)
************** The “salt and light” idea does not hold water. If we take the example of Jesus we see that He did not give the Great Commission to children. He gave it to full grown adults who had been raised (no doubt) in faithful Jewish households as children (not given a Greek education, but Jewish), spent 3.5 years with Jesus prior to His crucifixion, and with Jesus for further intensive instruction after His resurrection for 40 days. For us to suppose that we have warrant from Jesus to send our children into one of the fiercest battle fronts is to be misinformed, if not purposely ignorant and recalcitrant.
I am not insinuating that people who home school their children are wrong for doing so; everyone has the right to make that choice for whatever reason.
**************** I am not advocating homeschooling. I am saying that the Bible and common sense implore us to educate our children Christianly, i.e. into the Christian worldview, not into the worldview(s) the government school system aggressively promotes. Christian education can be any combination of Christian school, Christian tutor, Christian homeschooling, or other forms that are truly Christian, truly teaching the children entrusted to our care, in every subject, and from day until night (Deu. 6:6-9) a education based in the fear of the Lord, which is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.
************* Honestly, how can children learn true history without the God who is sovereign over history being at the very center of the history lesson? To do less than teach history with God at center is to do extreme injustice to past and present reality, and to inculcate into children the idea that history is just a bunch of random events rather than man responsible before God in his personal as well as his national life, and that God often judges, in history, both individuals and nations
But when someone has the nerve to attack people for having their children in public school because its ungodly, I personally find it offensive.
**************** I am not attacking anyone but I am certainly attacking the idea that it is ok to give our children to a system calculated to and very successful at removing Christ from the children. I do not judge anyone regarding this. Perhaps they are ignorant, uninformed. Perhaps they are rebellious against the Lord and the facts of reality. I have not decided whether any individual is either.
This is to teach something other than actual history. As has been said, “History is HIStory”, and without God at the center, what is taught is not the truth about history. A case can also be made for other subjects. Christ is He, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3 (NKJV) To teach any subject with Christ excluded or ignored, is to learn something other than true knowledge. There is such a thing as a darkened mind and a darkened worldview (Ephesians 4:18; Acts 26:18). How much of what is taught and inculcated, from the government school darkness rather than light? If Christ, the Light is excluded, how can what is taught be light?
I recall God commanding to not judge others.
*************** Jesus also said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” John 7:24 (NKJV) And He said: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV) Jesus is clearly telling us TO JUDGE. We see the fruit (8 out of 10). We judge, and deem the tree bad because its fruit is bad. We need to ask, is the government mandated school system essentially a “false prophet” as Jesus mentions, and which we ought to judge with “righteous judgment”; is the public school system a wolf in sheep’s clothing? The statistics demonstrate this undeniably.
************** As I said, I am not judging any Christian as to their motive in placing their children in the hands of a system whose fruit we can see, and which Jesus told us TO JUDGE. But I do see the fruit and judge accordingly.
Well Mr. Clingman, I believe that’s exactly what you are doing and for that, Sir, you have sinned.
************** If I have sinned, I would turn and get right very diligently. I believe those who know my life will testify as much. I would be glad if you would Scripturally demonstrate for me how I have sinned. Saying I have judged when I should not have is clearly unscriptural. Jesus clearly calls us to judge. You say I have sinned because I have judged. Jesus says I should judge with righteous judgment, that I should look at the fruit and determine whether the tree is good or bad. This I do, and the fruit is very clearly bad.
I do not choose to judge you for what you have said but rather explain my concerns. Our local science teachers at Eminence refuse to teach evolution.
**************** The system and curriculum in every subject teaches the state religion which is Evolutionary-Humanism which carries with it Socialism and amoral ethics.
Each morning, the entire elementary school says the Pledge of Allegiance and they still say under God, which is all led by the administrator.
*************** As Christians, the education God requires we give our children sets Christ at the center of all education; a Christian education does not give God a token acknowledgement before school begins and then ostracize Him for the remainder of the day, which is what the system (not every teacher) is designed to do.
I would recommend thinking about the message you have put out about our school. When you instill the truth about God in your child and live out God’s will as a parent, children will have the tools to make the right choices and be that example you are speaking of.
************** There is massive evidence, should like to pursue this knowledge, that the cards are stacked in favor of the State’s religion (Evolutionary-Humanism), and not Christianity.
I felt the need to explain my concerns to you and let you know I believe you have sent a false and unbecoming message. I personally, as a fellow Christian, do not stand with your message.
************** With sincerity I express again that I am grateful for the kind and respectful manner in which you have written. This is an incredibly emotional issue. It is however a message the Christian community needs to hear (the parents of the 85% of Christian children sent to the government schools). As a Bible-believing-Christian, I believe the Bible has the answers for and sets the standard for every area of life. Therefore I again invite you to demonstrate from Scripture that it is permissible for Christian parents to give God’s children (entrusted to Christian parents) to a system that bears the fruit the fruit that it does. If you could do so, I would most certainly be willing to repent. I do not like carrying this controversial message. But I believe with my whole life and being, that it is a message the Church desperately needs to hear and respond to. I am open to further dialog. I think I have responded to your concerns Biblically. I invite you to respond, doing the same, i.e., to present your Biblical case that justifies Christian parents sending their children to the American public schools.
************* I am attaching a few materials. If you wish, I can supply you much beyond this, including titles of helpful books on this subject that give details, examples, and clearly show that the ungodly United Nations is increasingly involved in the curriculum local school boards are given from which they must choose.
************* By the way, I believe we attend the same church, you probably much more regularly than my family as we are regularly out of town and regularly involved in Sunday AM ministry as well. I gave Pastor S.U. an important DVD titled Indoctrination: Public Schools and the Decline of Christianity in America. I invite you to ask Pastor U. to borrow that DVD. If he does not still have it I am happy to loan you a copy or you can get it on Amazon, or I can sell you a new copy, probably for less than Amazon; I am happy to loan you a copy though.
God’s grace to you dear Brother!
The tract we passed out at the parade that is the concern of this post can be found here.
Dear Blog Reader:
Below are items I have given to pastors I have visited in our area. I invite you to print these materials and give them to your pastor:
- Numerous quotes: Clear Thinking is a Moral Issue
- Pamphlet: Concerning the Education Christian Children
(prints onto legal size paper front and back)
- Tract: Government Schools, Parents & Kids: How Will We Answer the Lord, and What Will He Say?
(prints onto letter size paper front and back)
- Baptist statistics and resolution: Southern Baptist Resolution
- Brochure: Considering Homeschooling Ministry
- Paper: Research Facts on Homeschooling (We urge Christian education, not necessarily homeschooling.)
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