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Friday, February 29, 2008

For The Children

Everyone knows that being a parent is difficult. It's hard work raising children in general, but add to that the element of trying to raise Christian children in an increasingly anti-Christian world, and the job just gets tougher.

Every time I turn around I read stories about state governments that are going out of their way to protect everyone's rights except those of the Christian student and their parents. The latest (that I've heard anyway) is about SB777 in California, recently signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger. It ensures that no one can openly criticize homosexual and transgendered teachers. What about the protection of the children in those classrooms. We don't seem to care much about them, do we?

Or go to the Homes School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website and read about cases all over the nation where Christian homeschool families are being targeted by local school districts, DFS offices, etc.

Of course, there are positives here and there. In Missouri our legislators are trying to pass HJR55 which would clarify students' rights to pray in public places, as well as the right of the average citizen to do the same. But at times I wonder if things like that are too little too late.

I would encourage you to check out two ministries:

1. Exodus Mandate. Their stated purpose says that, "Exodus Mandate Project is a Christian ministry to encourage and assist Christian families to leave government schools for the Promised Land of Christian schools or home schooling."

I know that sounds so radical to some, but take time to remove the historical blinders and look at the true history of education. Government education the way we do it now is a very modern invention, and I don't think those who started down this road ever intended it to go so far in removing families from the equation. Christian people need to realize that our children have been given to us to raise, not the state or anyone else, and we are responsible for their training in godliness and in everything else. Get involved parents! Your children's future depends on it.

And speaking of parental involvement...

2. ParentalRights.org. This organization seeks to bring "together everyone who agrees that the vital role of parents in the lives of children should not be undermined by government action or policy." Of primary concern here is not only keeping an eye on state and federal legislation that removes parental rights in various ways, but also the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Yes I know that's been around since Clinton, but the threat still looms as there continues to be pressure for the US to officially endorse this. On the surface it seems good, and in ways it might be, but the end result would be a serious erosion of the rights of parents to bring up their children with Biblical values and principles. Check out their site for more information on this and other issues.


The bottom line is that parents need to get involved, stay involved. We've abdicated our role and responsibility in the rearing of our children to the state, and to others in general, for too long. God has called us to be parents, to ensure the faithfulness of the next generation, to be sure that future generations know of the greatness of our God. We can't do that by standing on the sidelines and letting godless government agencies determine what's best for our children. For their sake, get involved.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone want to "openly criticize" homosexual and transgendered teachers. Isn't that the same as judgement? I am a Christian and I fail to see why portecting homosexual and transgendered teachers from bigotry is a bad thing.

scott said...

Anonymous,
Consider this: your child is being taught by a teacher who is cheating on his wife openly. Do you as a parent have the right to question that teacher's behavior, especially to your children? Of course; adultery is an obvious violation of God's moral command.

Likewise, homosexuality is an abomination in the sight of God, according to Scripture. As a Christian parent, it's not "bigotry" to oppose a teacher flaunting his immorality in my child's face, along the lines of racial bigotry. This is clearly a matter of biblical morality, and as Christian parents we should be concerned about it.

As for the comment about judgment. Let's get this straight. Scripture never says don't judge, period. Only that we should use the same criteria and not hold ourselves up as blameless. In fact, the very same passage that says, "judge not lest you be judged" also speaks of being known by our fruit. As someone once said: we are not to be judges, but we are to be fruit inspectors.

I'm not suggesting that these teachers are beyond God's grace; they can be saved. But I also don't think we should be forced to sit back and let them force their immorality on our children.