Dr. Barrett Mosbacker
Our relatively comfortable Christian world in the US has changed.
One of the most disturbing images I've seen in a long time was one of the White House lit up in rainbow lights to celebrate the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same sex marriage.
This picture saddened and angered me. How did we arrive at this place?
The day after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress. His speech summoned a nation to war and became among the most iconic in American history.
June 26, 2015 is also a date which will live in infamy. On that date the Supreme Court of the United States legalized same sex marriage.
I am saddened but I am not surprised by the Supreme Court's decision. I am saddened because our country continues it relentless march to Sodom and Gomorrah. I suspect that everyone reading this article feels like Lot, whom Peter describes this way in his second epistle:
I am not surprised because we long ago sowed the seeds that eventually bore the fruit we see in the Supreme Court's decision. Actually, it is not so much the seed that was sown as the seed that has not been sown.
Let me explain.
Jesus taught that the student will be like his teacher:
We have fallen into a deep moral pit.
For decades over many generations the majority of our nation's children have been educated in schools by non-Christian teachers and/or legally muzzled Christian teachers who are not free to teach God's word in any subject.
God's word is absent for eight hours a day, five days a week, nine months a year for 13 years and that doesn't include four to eight years of college. Seventeen to twenty-one years of a secular education, not counting the influence of all forms of media, WILL produce secularized students and a secularized country.
Whether through overt falsehoods or the absence of the truth because Christian teachers are legally muzzled, students are secularized and molded into the culture's secular image.
Students will be like their teachers. Echoing the words of Jesus, an anonymous proverb says that:
I have always been amazed that C.S. Lewis used a small quote from an elementary textbook as the foundation for his profound book, The Abolition of Man. This short quote illustrates the fact that we have arrived at this point in our country in large measure because we have miseducated our young over many generations.
The point that Lewis is making is that the authors of this elementary textbook, although they meant no harm, did great harm by teaching young students that there is no objective truth; everything is essentially subjective and relative.
Allan Bloom in his book, The Closing of the American Mind describes the result:
What Lewis predicted in 1944 when he wrote, “It is not a theory [that the authors of the elementary English book put in the young boys’ minds] but an assumption which ten years hence … will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all,” Allen Bloom experiences in 2008.
Lewis is looking ahead to what is coming and Bloom sees what has arrived. What Lewis expressed alarm over in 1944, Bloom laments in 2008. What Lewis predicted and Bloom lamented is precisely what we see reflected throughout our culture. Relativism--created and fostered in public schools, textbooks, and through the media--is the seed that sprang forth in full bloom in the Supreme Court's legalization of same sex marriage.
The fruit of public education, relativism, and an immoral onslaught through all forms of media is that we no longer have moral anchors. We are adrift upon the sea of relativism and it is shipwrecking our students, our families, our churches, and our country.
As frogs in the boiling kettle of relativism, we are being morally boiled to death.
Our students are growing up in—and we are teaching in—a perverse culture that mirrors Isaiah's accusation against Israel:
In reviewing the research on the impact of a secular education on Christian young people, the authors of a recent World Magazine article write:
In light of the Supreme Court's ruling and the rapid decent of our culture into a post-Christian neopaganism, the Christian school has never been more important than it is today. The Christian school is an essential ally of the church and the Christian home.
Concerning the importance of Christian education, Robert Dabney (theologian and Southern Presbyterian pastor) wrote:
Teaching children to love, fear, and serve God in every academic subject--from the arts to zoology—is the essential business of Christian parents and the church and by extension, the Christian church and school.
Sadly, for generations in our country Christian parents, teachers, and pastors have separated the sacred and the secular; they have relegated biblical truth to the spiritual life, divorcing it from formal education. The result is that our culture has been secularized.
The scriptures teach that biblical truth is to be constantly integrated into a child's life from morning to evening and in all activities in between:
There should not be the absence of God's word from children's schooling for eight hours a day, nine months a year for 13 to 21 years.
Researchers in a recent Cardus study regarding how the church and the Christian school are allies in advancing the Kingdom of Christ write:
In short, never has the Christian school been more needed or more important for our children, for the Kingdom of Christ, and for our country.
Until the Christian family, our seminaries, and the leaders of our churches embrace, support, and promote the Christian school (or homeschooling), we will continue our relentless and deadly descent to Sodom and Gomorrah. We will continue to reap what we fail to sow.