Recently, several popular columnists have said what I have been screaming for years: Get YOUR children out of the public schools! Not that either of these men are theological heros, but both James Dobson and Matt Walsh have recently made strong statements regarding parents who have chosen to place their kids in public schools. There are several good, practical reasons to avoid public schools as well as some clear Biblical directives.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
When you send your child to the public school, what are you telling them? “Go to school, be good, listen to the teachers.” You, the parent, are endorsing every thing the teachers say. When the teacher teaches your kindergartner that it is normal for Suzie to have two mommies, or that it is okay for johnny to be gender-fluid, YOU are endorsing that teaching. When the first grader is taught that he evolved from apes over millions of years, you’re telling your kids to believe that. When your high-schooler comes home feeling guilty and nearly suicidal because he has been taught that he has “white-privilege,” it is YOUR FAULT! YOU, the parent, are the one who taught your children to listen to the teachers. When your child, who has grown up in a public school, rejects everything you stand for and turns away from God, you will be forced to ask yourself, “What role did the public school have, and am I responsible for sending my child into that?”
Many people do not understand the depth of perversion to which they are subjecting their children. Everything I mentioned in the paragraph above is true, and happens every day. Common Core Curriculum, which is taught in all of the nation’s schools, includes certain things. Yes, we have all heard of the abysmal failure of the Common Core Curriculum in areas such as math. If you are a student of history, you know history is being re-written to put Christian Americans in a poor light. What you may not realize is that there is a direct assault on the family. The Common Core Curriculum includes teachings which are openly hostile to the Word of God. Children as young as five-years old are being introduced to homosexuality and transgenderism and being taught that these are normal and healthy behaviors.
In addition to the assault on the family, the schools are also waging a direct assault on the very foundation of the Word of God. By teaching the theory of evolution as though it were a proven fact, and by teaching that the creation is billions of years old, the school’s are directly teaching that the Bible is false. If a student dares object, the student is mocked and vilified by fellow students and his teachers. I personally know students who were mocked because of their religious (Christian) preferences.
When Christianity is mentioned in history, it is falsely blamed for actions such as the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition 1. The Christian heritage of the United States is quickly being erased from history.
Of course, other religions are mentioned. While students cannot learn the Ten Commandments, they are taught the Pillars of Islam. While Christians are mocked and prayer to Jesus is forbidden, students are taught to respect Islam and accommodations for Muslims to pray are made in schools across the country.
So, you have to ask yourself, “what am I endorsing when I send my children to school?”
Psalms 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Public schools are clearly a place where God is not welcome. In fact, the leaders of the public schools, in most cases, outright deny God. After all, how could one teach “millions of years ago” and believe the Word of God? It is impossible. No matter how hard you may try to convince yourself that you are a Christian, I simply do not believe one can be saved and deny the Word of God. If you teach (or endorse) evolution, you are flatly denying the Word of God and showing that you have no fear of God. The grace of God is absolute, but so is the judgement of God and so is the Word of God.
Psalm 111:10, and others, teach that the fear of the Lord is the very beginning of wisdom. Fools deny God, and you are sending your impressionable child to the company of fools for his education. What do you expect your child to come away with?
Then, we must consider the safety of children. Who is responsible for keeping your children safe? Simply, you are. This past week, we all watched in horror as the news of another school shooting came in. Only two children were injured, and the children were not the target in this particular shooting. In this most recent shooting, the shooter walked up to the school, asked permission to enter, was granted permission and then opened fire. Who was protecting those children? Then, once word of the shooting got out, parents were not allowed access to their children. We must understand that schools represent a rich and soft target for terrorists. True, this last shooting was not an act of terror, but it clearly illustrates the ease in which a school can be attacked. After the attack, one student conveyed her story of how, when the shooting started, the teachers forced the kids to all form up in neat little lines. Who was protecting the children? Who let the shooter in? The fact is: this is another case of how schools simply do not have the logistics to protect the children. Schools are gun-free zones. Most states prohibit anyone from carrying a weapon onto school grounds. Some schools are even so insane as to punish kids who make toy guns out of sticks or whatever. This philosophy makes the schools absolutely defenseless.
Shootings are not the only source of danger in schools. Increasingly, we are seeing evidence of rampant bullying in schools. Yes, bullies have always been around. We have all dealt with them. Today, however, it is far worse. As children are increasingly haveing an online presence (an online presence is mandated by many public schools), the bullying of a perceived weak or different child can extend beyond the school to the safety of the child’s home. Often, through the seemingly anonymity of the internet. Today, as a result of the rampant mental abuse, we are seeing a dramatic increase in suicide rates among kids. Whose fault is that? If you send your kids to the public schools, YOU are. It is the parent’s responsibility to train and protect their children.
Some claim that it is impossible to train their children at home (as God intended) because of financial reasons. In fact, it is not financial restrictions, in many cases, it is a lifestyle choice. Parents choose expensive homes, multiple cars, boats, RVs, etc. over their children. When you’re paying for a $300,000 home, three or four cars, a boat, four-wheelers, an RV and who knows what else, you need two or three incomes to sustain the lifestyle. All the while, sacrificing your children. Whose choice was that? God never intended the home to have two breadwinners.
Titus 2:3-5 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
It is not a popular concept, but it is true: Godly ladies will be keepers of the home. The wife is the queen of the house! She owns a place of high esteem, if she elects to take it on.
Ultimately, parents are charged with raising the children. No one else. Raising children doesn’t take a village, it takes a mother and a father. The parents are responsible for raising their children. Not the state and certainly not the school. When parents subject their children to the ire and the dangers of the public schools, the parents will be responsible for the outcome.
1 In reality, the Crusades and Inquisitions were actions of the Catholic Church, not Christians. Christians were often persecuted along with the pagans by the Catholic Church
Recently, I read an article (one of many) claiming Biblical justification for voting for Trump.
This particular article cited Luke 9 claiming that even those who appear to be our enemies, so long as they support our cause, are worthy of our support. On the surface, the notion is true. Jesus said so. But we must consider the greater context. The man in that passage was doing God’s will, as best he could. In the case of this election, we are faced with a man, Trump, who claims to be a Christian so that he can gain the support of Christians. When we examine his life, we see that there is no evidence of the fruit of the Holy Spirit of God in his life. Trump has proven himself to be a thief, a panderer, to be one willing to do or say anything to accomplish his goals. Trump has even supported the Clintons – both in word and financially. Second, as a Christian, I must remember that when I vote, I will cast a vote for someone. At the end of the day, when the votes are counted, no one will say so many people voted for Clinton, so many people voted against Clinton, so many people voted for Trump and so many people voted against Trump. There will be tallies of people who voted for each of the candidates. Likewise, when I stand before God, I will give an account of who I voted for. Will it be a vote FOR Trump? NO! Will it be a vote FOR Clinton? NO! My vote will be for the Constitution Candidate, Danny Castle, who represents my values. If you were a student of the Word of God and a student of History (as opposed to those referenced in 2 Timothy 3), you would understand some things:
You would understand that there have been times in history when the judgment of God was necessary for the purging of the sinful people. Do I want to be a part of God’s judgment? Absolutely not. However, when I look at the direction this once great, once Christian nation has taken, I cannot help but believe God’s judgement is at hand. I cannot help but believe God would owe the people of Noah’s day or the people of Sodom an apology if He allowed our nation to continue on its path of decadence. God has allowed His people to walk willingly into captivity many times. When God wanted to tenderly lead and guide His people, they wanted a King. He allowed a King. Still, God’s will for His people was, ultimately, accomplished.
You would also understand that your assertion that a ‘Third party’ or ‘minority party’ candidate has no chance. In fact, one fo the greatest Presidents of the United States was a third-party candidates. Do you remember a President named Abraham Lincoln? He was the first Republican President, and he was a third-party candidate.
Second, you mist ask, “Is it God’s will to support evil?” The real question is whether you trust God or not. Personally, I trust God more than I trust Trump. I still believe God can do miracles. Do you recall three young men who were commanded to bow before their earthly king. When the music was played everyone bowed – except these three brave young men. The king was furious and demanded they be cast into a furnace! Then the king’s eyes were opened. He didn’t hear the screaming of men being burned alive – instead he saw the men walking around in the furnace. They were walking with a fourth man who appeared to be the Son of God. When the king called them out, they didn’t even have the smell of smoke in their garments. They did what was RIGHT in the face of persecution and in the face of peer pressure (such as the peer pressure of those who claim we MUST vote for Trump).
There is a swelling crowd of peer pressure to vote for Trump. Isn’t the crowd always right? Well, no. See Matthew 7:12. The majority of people are led astray. It is a simple, Biblical fact.
Third, you must do right. By nature of the FACT that you have gone through such efforts to defend your choice to vote for Trump, repeating several times that you didn’t want to vote for him. Could that be you arguing with the Holy Spirit? When is it ever right to do wrong? There is no case in the Word of God where someone was rewarded BY GOD for doing wrong. God expects, no, He DEMANDS perfection from us. Yes, we fall short and yes, we need salvation. But our need for salvation does not negate God’s demand. There was another case where a woman had gone away from God’s will. He left here with a simple command:
John 8:11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Finally, I have to ask one last question: Do you really believe God? If you do, if you really trust God, then you must trust that He will take care of you and he will take care of the President. Obama has been the worst President to date. If he could, he would completely dismantle American. But he hasn’t. Have you considered asking why Obama hasn’t gotten his way? Could it be that God’s Word is true? One last verse for you to consider:
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
It simply DOES NOT MATTER who is in the office. God will do whatever HE needs to do to accomplish HIS will Yes, God could use Trump. Yes, God could use Clinton. But, my fear of what Clinton wants to do cannot dissuade my faith in God an my fear cannot lead me to vote for one I cannot morally support. It is proven that Trump will do or say anything to get elected. He IS a supporter of Clinton. He is a supporter of homosexual and transgender perverts. He is a supporter of the wholesale murder of the unborn. He IS immoral in many of his actions. I simply cannot vote FOR a man who is a supporter of so many things I stand against. I will trust God and I will vote my conscience. That means I will not vote for Trump.
2 Timothy 3:1-7 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Daniel 3:1-30 Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up? Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands? Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king’s commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.
Matthew 7:12-14 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.