When one seeks to learn what God says in the Bible about wisdom, understanding and discernment, he usually begins in the book of Proverbs. When we, as Christian parents, want to ask God for his wisdom regarding educating children God's way, we need to begin in the book of Proverbs as well.
The book of wisdom begins as follows:
"The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: to know wisdom and instruction, to discern the sayings of understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the naive, to the youth knowledge and discretion, a wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel." 1:1-5
Now, ask yourself these two questions:
For what purpose do I want to educate my children? And, what is the goal behind sending my children off to the public school for thirteen years?
Can you honestly answer, as Solomon answered above, that the purpose you send your children off to a government school to be "educated" is so that they will know wisdom and instruction, discernment and understanding, to receive instruction in wise behavior, righteousness, justice, and equity; to give your children prudence, knowledge, and discretion, and to make your children increase in learning and wise counsel? Before God, what is your real motive for institutionalizing your child?
Question: Is the government school system, which rejects the existence of God, which kicked God out of school 50 years ago, which threw out the Bible and the Ten Commandments, which forbids prayer to God, and which undermines your authority and the authority of God's Word on a daily basis - able to accomplish the goals of a truly godly and Biblical education that king Solomon describes above and that you desire for your child to receive in their education? No, it is impossible for an ungodly, anti-Christian, heathen, atheistic, humanistic, worldly school system to achieve the goals that Solomon declared and that Christian parents desire for their children. It is absolutely not possible. Those who think that public schools can achieve these results are deceived by the state or are self-deluded.
Next Question: How can Christian parents achieve the goals of true godly education that King Solomon describes?
The answer is found in Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10 which state:
"The FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction."
"The FEAR OF THE LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
The KEY to a truly Biblical and godly education that leads to wisdom and knowledge is to begin with the right foundation: the FEAR OF THE LORD and the KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY ONE.
Question: Do government schools begin on this foundation?
Answer: No! There is no fear of the Lord or respect for God there. Do they pretend to? No! In fact, they vehemently state and demonstrate by their silence that God is not significant enough to even mention His Name or His being throughout the whole school year. In addition, they threaten to fire any teacher who dares to mention God or His Son or who dares to even quote from the Bible. How do I know this? I know this from personal experience, because when I was teaching in these government schools, I was threatened for doing just that and I lost my job at several public schools.
Question: Why do 85% of Christian parents hand over their kids to a godless, worldly, anti-Christian government institution day after day and year after year - to indoctrinate their children in creeds that are anti-Christian and completely opposite to the truth and wisdom of God and to indoctrinate them in moral relativism that teaches their kids that there are no moral absolutes and that teaches behaviors that are destructive and corrupt Christ-like character? Why do the vast majority of Christian parents subject their children to pagan public school indoctrination, all the while expecting them not to come home as ungodly pagans conformed to the world?
Answer: Because they are either ignorant of what God requires in His Word regarding the education of their children, or they are willfully disobedient to God's expressed will that Christian parents are responsible to provide their children with a truly Christ-centered education. Why is that? Some of the reasons include parents that have completely wrong priorities, wrong values, selfishness, greed, compromise with the world, and slothfulness. The sin of slothfulness is doing the easy thing, the comfortable thing, the convenient thing - rather than the right thing, the godly thing, the righteous thing.
Here's what King Solomon said would happen to those who refused to educate their children God's way and abdicated their responsibility and allowed the state to usurp that authority and duty:
"Wisdom shouts in the street...she utters her sayings: 'How long, O naive ones, will you love simplicity? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, and fools hate knowledge? Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you'.
"Because I called, and you refused...and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my counsel, and did not want my reproof; I will even laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes...like a storm, and your calamity comes on like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come on you.
"Then you will call on me, and I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me,
BECAUSE they hated knowledge,
and DID NOT CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD.
"They would not accept my counsel, they spurned all my reproof.
So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way, and be satisfied with their own devices. For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, and the complacency of fools shall destroy them. But he who listens to me shall live securely, and shall be at ease from the dread of evil." Proverbs 1:20-33
This is a prophetic description of America's public school system today! All the darkness, evil, wrong, violence, immorality, illiteracy, poverty, dependence, and rebellion that we see in today's public school system is described right here by King Solomon 3,000 years ago. These are all the results of a nation that has turned its back on God and has expelled God from public education.
Dread has come upon our children and schools. Calamity has fallen on the schools. Distress and anguish are now a daily reality in public schools. The waywardness of the naive is killing our children morally, spiritually, and intellectually, and sometimes, even physically. The complacency of fools is now destroying our children in public schools.
Question: What is the reason for all of this distress, calamity, anguish, dread, destruction, killing, corruption, and death?
Answer: "BECAUSE THEY HATED KNOWLEDGE AND DID NOT CHOOSE THE FEAR OF THE LORD." Because they did not accept God's counsel and spurned His reproof. Therefore, they are now reaping what they sowed and eating of the fruit of their own humanistic and godless ways.
Question: What can Christian parents do today to save their children from such a horrible and destructive life and future?
*****Answer:***** Proverbs 2:1-12 gives the answer from God's mouth through King Solomon. If we take it to heart, remove our children from this godless system, repent, and take responsibility for educating our children God's way - either through home schooling or through Christian schools - then we can reclaim our children and put them into God's hands to save them, preserve them, and give them a future... BUT, we cannot expect God to save our children if we raise them contrary to His ways and allow the world to disciple them in moral relativism, spiritual relativism, multi-culturalism, and all kinds of dogmas and philosophies that are opposite of God's ways. That is the way of foolishness and unrighteousness and it leads to death and judgment. Christian parents must remove their children from public schools, once and for all, and never go back to the world and its ungodly ways to train their children. Proverbs 2:1-12 clearly teaches:
"My son, if you will receive my sayings, and treasure my commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry out for discernment, lift up your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures;
"THEN you will discern THE FEAR OF THE LORD, and discover the KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. For it is the LORD who gives wisdom; it is from His mouth that come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and He preserves the way of His godly ones.
"THEN you will discern righteousness and justice and equity and every good course. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you, to deliver you from the way of evil..."
It's time to do the right thing, the righteous thing, and to start educating our children for God, in God's prescribed manner, according to His Word, His commandments, and His instructions.
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