America needs to rethink the way we educate our children. The public school system was meant to be a means to shore up and strengthen the nation’s experiment in limited government. But what was sold to America in the 1800s as a servant has now become a powerful, perverted, centralized, master.
It should be abandoned for something that truly does serve the founding ideal of limited local government and freedom. The more decentralized the better. The more parental involvement the better. The more friendly to faith and morals the better.
The more it can be tailored to the individual child, the better.
Homeschooling seems to fit the bill perfectly here, though church schools are a very close second.
My purpose here is to show one-way public schools violate the principle of religious neutrality. This is one way they pose a threat to our freedom – a big threat – but it is not the only way.
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In order to gain a reasonable understanding of a written text, it is necessary to put it in context.
Let us consider a few little excerpts from the Apostle Paul.
Co 15:3-7 “ For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.”
There is a consensus that this passage contains the content of a baptismal creed that was probably given to Paul by the original disciples of Christ about the year 35. It had to be formulated earlier than that probably within months of the Resurrection event itself.
Well-known trial lawyers have argued for the truth of the Resurrection claim based on this and other evidence. They consider the resurrection to be a reliable claim. Christ did actually rise again in bodily form.
This claim, of course, lies at the foundation of the Christian faith. It is the heart and soul of Christianity.
It is upon this fact that Paul grounds his sexual admonitions.
Rom 6:8-14 “Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.
For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”
Today public schools are not content to do a good job of teaching academics as their purpose was supposed to be. By now the quality of their product is actually very poor. Nevertheless, their mission has expanded and now includes, for instance, teaching sex education.
Suffice to say they do not teach with Paul’s admonitions in mind.
In fact, the way they teach directly undermines Biblical teaching. In doing so they undermine Christian belief itself. They may give lip service to religious neutrality but, in fact, they show an unconstitutional hostility and an animus to the Christian faith. And also to Judaism because both Jesus and Paul held high views of Old Testament law and teaching.
When the schools undermine faith they also undermine freedom because our freedom is based on the idea that moral law exists and is valid.
“This is what is called the law of nature, “which, being coeval with mankind, and dictated by God himself, is, of course, superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times. No human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid, derive all their authority, mediately, or immediately, from this original.” Blackstone.11
Upon this law, depend the natural rights of mankind, the supreme being gave existence to man, together with the means of preserving and beatifying that existence. He endowed him with rational faculties, by the help of which, to discern and pursue such things, as were consistent with his duty and interest, and invested him with an inviolable right to personal liberty, and personal safety.” – Alexander Hamilton – The Farmer Refuted
Mr. Andrade is the Exodus Mandate state coordinator for NH. MA and ME