I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues” (Rev.18:4).
It is always a challenge for any individual, to hold to a set of beliefs that are completely contrary to the views of the majority of the community. When over 90% of the community does not wish to identify with Jesus Christ in anything other than a sentimental way, to publicly express a bold Christian position takes a good level of confidence.
But there is something more challenging. To identify oneself as a Christian, and find that over 90% of those who do so, are indoctrinated with a washed out, anaemic, compromised and emasculated interpretation of how Christianity should impact the world. This is where we are today, and our situation won’t go away quickly.
Why has this happened?
Christians have ignored the Dominion Mandate, God’s original commands to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Gen.1:28).
A proper understanding of the Dominion Mandate is critical for Christians. It tells us what we are here for, and gives our lives meaning, purpose and definition. North has written that
Covenant theology is inescapably dominion theology. God has placed on His people the moral requirement of transforming the world through the preaching of the gospel. He has also given mankind the tools of dominion, His laws.1
We have ignored the fact that this was God’s plan for Israel, too. He said through Moses, that
“if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth” (Deut.28:1).
The modern church has said, “No, that’s all Old Testament. It doesn’t apply today.” But when you ignore the first part of the instruction manual, how will you make sense of the rest of it? And so we behave as inferior underlings who ignore God’s commands concerning ruling and reigning in the Name of the One Who has “all authority.”
What’s an example of this?
Some years ago, a group of Australian Christians fought a High Court challenge to maintain the right of public school chaplains to be paid by the Commonwealth. Their attitude was,
there is a lot wrong with the public system. We want our children (when we send them to public schools) to be entitled to be able to get religious instruction or encouragement from a chaplain when they need it. After all, the chaplains are doing so much good.
Why would I be opposed to chaplains in public schools receiving tax-payers’ funding? It all comes back to applying the scriptures to government and to education.
Samuel made it clear that when governments take 10% or more in taxation, they are taking a tithe; they are making themselves out to be greater than God. God makes it clear (see I Sam.8) that when governments do this, they become an instrument of His judgment on a nation that has rejected Him. So in an era of government expansion, Christians should always be seeking reductions in the size of government.
Most movements seek to get government subsidies. The subsidies take the form of direct funding, or subsidies may come in the form of protection against new competitors. But, however subsidies come, they initially strengthen the hand of the recipients, and then weaken it. The recipients become dependent upon the subsidies, and if the subsidies end, the recipients find themselves unable to compete in a highly competitive world.2
This was the U.S. story in the nineteenth century:
Massachusetts was the last state to abandon tax support of churches. That was in 1832. Within five years, it had begun state funding of education. A new established church replaced the old one. This established church spread in popularity.3
In what way is it obedient to God, to send children to an educational institution that has a curriculum hostile to God, teachers that are indifferent or hostile to God, and a peer-group that is also indifferent or hostile to God? It is not much of an exaggeration to say that we may as well stand on the side on a highway and when a bus comes past, ask our children to jump in front of it.
In order for there to be “free public education” (which is a lie), there must be tax confiscation on a massive, unbiblical scale to feed the monstrosity. For socialists, nothing ever comes cheap. You’ve got to have property, buildings (used for about eight hours a day, and closed at night, on weekends and for ten weeks a year), teachers (absent for those ten weeks), along with an army of bureaucrats to run everything.
Inefficient? Economic madness is more appropriate. It costs around $15,000 per child annually, to educate children in Australia’s public schools. There’s nothing remotely Christian about it.
According to the Bible, education is a parental responsibility (see Deut. 6; Prov.22:6; Eph.6:4). Education is at root a religious issue, because education is fundamentally about values. The question is, “whose values-God’s or man’s?”
Parents are responsible to prepare their children for lives of service and dominion in the Name of Jesus Christ, because God’s original mandate to Adam and Eve was that they should “rule and have dominion” (Gen.1:26-28).
But State schools are not the place to educate Christian children. Why? To place children under the consistent influence of godless people is a violation of God’s commands, because “bad company corrupts good morals” (I Cor.15:33). The Bible (which we Christians believe is the Word of God) NEVER gives the State any responsibility to educate children, for where responsibility rests, authority lies.
In general terms, the State is responsible Biblically for the maintenance of law and order. Everything else is an individual, a family or a church responsibility. By authorising their children to be subjected for thirty hours a week, forty weeks a year, for twelve years (that’s a total of fourteen thousand hours) to an education which is implicitly atheistic, Christians are really teaching their children that a Christian worldview is irrelevant. This is because “atheism is not merely an intellectual position relegated to one discipline of study; it is a worldview.”4
(To be Continued)
1. Gary North, “The Dominion Covenant,” 1987, p.xiii.
2. Gary North, “Reasons for Optimism,” 30/4/2011.
3. Gary North, “College: Why it is Not a Bubble,” 29/4/2011.
4. Joel McDurmon, “Manifested in the Flesh,” 2007, p.xv.