If liberty is not maintained with regard to education, there is no use trying to maintain it in any other sphere. If you give the bureaucrats the children, you might as well give them everything else.
When the modern church back in the mid-nineteenth century, decided it was really OK to let the government take control of education, it was a massive act of compromise and unfaithfulness to God. We said to government, “we will entrust the education of our children to you.”
Where we got this idea from, I don’t know. It certainly wasn’t from the Bible. How do I know that? The Bible says, “do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom is no salvation” (Ps.146:3). We walked into the lion’s den, accompanied by our trusting children, foolishly thinking we could safely and securely leave our children in the care of predatorial governments that have a particularly self-serving agenda. Now, over a century later, we are saying to one another, “what went wrong?”
I’ll tell you what went wrong. We departed from God. We thought we knew better than the Almighty. That alone is the essence of humanism-the devil’s lie. God’s Word made it abundantly clear (see Deuteronomy 6 and 11) that the education of children was a parental responsibility. But the Church said, “we don’t want that task. Let the government do it. That will save us the work. We can do what we want to do, and the children will be educated quite well, thanks very much.”
The problem then, is not that the world was (or is) humanistic. We were, and we are. We were the ones that said “no” to God. We thought we knew better than the Almighty. Now, there’s pain. As Rushdoony wrote in 1991,
It is not an accident that the de-Christianisation of schools and state [in the U.S.] since World War II have been followed by a great increase in crime, drug use, illegitimacy, sexual crimes, perversions, pornography, and more.
Now, we have governments all over the world that are taking every opportunity (explicitly or implicitly) to show their hostility to God, and to the Christian faith in general. The solution is not political change.
Why? The solution is the leaven of the Church (see Mat.13:33). God uses evil, ungodly governments as a means of reminding His people, that their first responsibility is to obey Him. And if we find ourselves with hostile governments that want to use and abuse us, we are foolish indeed if we think we’ll just fight them. We have to get back to the God who authorises wicked governments in the beginning. He allows them to do their work, as a means of rebuking and chastising His people. Look at what Isaiah says:
Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter? Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they were not willing to walk, and whose law they did not obey? So He poured out on him the heat of His anger and the fierceness of battle; and it set him aflame all around, yet he did not recognise it; and it burned him, but he paid no attention” (Isa. 42:23-25).
Take this example. Hillary Clinton is the US Secretary of State. She is a well-known humanist and feminist, and has been attributed with the statement, “it takes a whole village to educate a child.”
Humanist Hillary can say this, because that’s what the US Church acquiesed to one hundred and fifty years ago. But it won’t be political activity that thwarts people like Hillary in the future. It will be the obedience of the Church, refusing to accept the lies of Satan, expressed by people like her.
It was the Lord who said to Moses, “…if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples…” (Ex.19:5). He also said, “if you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword” (Isa.1:19-20).
The Church has some big decisions to make, which come down to two options. We can either:
a) Continue our Satanic compromise with governments that want to perpetuate the world’s second oldest religion, through Departments of Education and public education.
b) Turn to God in repentance and with humbled hearts, acknowledging the sinful, humanistic choices we have been making, asking Him to forgive our rebellious, sinful ways, and have mercy on us, giving us grace to now take appropriate steps of obedience for our children, that He gave us.
What’s it to be?