“The ignoring of religion by the schools inevitably conveys to the children a negative suggestion… that religion is negligible, or unimportant, or irrelevant to the main business of life.”
Secularism has “itself become a faith and raised a hope that man can through his own effort — without God — solve all the remaining problems which stand between him and a secular paradise on earth.”
Writing in 1987, Virgil C. Blum, an American Jesuit and professor of Political Science at Marquette University, described perfectly the crisis our nation faces today.
Do we really know what’s being taught to our children in the public school system?
Since the middle of the 20th century, America’s schools have gone through a progressive transformation that has steadily stripped faith from our culture.
Over the years, schools that used to teach values based on Christian morals have transformed into schools that teach their own form of religion – secularism.
What does this mean?
In short, it means they are neither teaching that God exists nor that He matters at all.
It means there is nobody to enforce consequences, and morals are based on pure opinion instead of the literal Word of God.
This is very dangerous indeed.
In his essay, Blum quotes English historian Christopher Dawson as telling Jubilee magazine that “the existence of this deadening blanket of Secularist conformity which is stifling the spiritual and intellectual life of modern culture” is “a new threat to human freedom which is more far-reaching and profound than anything the past has known.”
And what’s more, the Biblically-based freedoms this country was built on and was so proud of are not being taught as important in the public school system.
The school system instead seems to be teaching that the Founding Fathers of this country were oppressive and not socially-just.
Although many don’t realize it, nor seem to care, this puts our once highly-cherished freedoms in danger.
“The American way of life,” wrote Dawson, “was built on a threefold tradition of freedom — political, economic, and religious — and if the new Secularist forces were to subjugate these freedoms to a monolithic technological order, it would destroy the foundations on which American culture was based.”
So why is this new secular faith being taught in our public schools?
As Adolf Hitler once professed, “The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”
And Vladimir Lenin famously said, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”
Therein lies the answer.
We are giving up our children to the world’s agenda, and ultimately, the future of the human race.
We are now conformed to abortion, sex before marriage, and gender confusion.
Indeed, even the television we watch spouts these new social norms.
So how are our kids supposed to get a break?
Even if their parents don’t agree with the way the world is heading, will their aversion be strong enough to steer their children in the right direction?
Well, that depends on the strength of the parent and the faith they teach their children.
And yet, with children being taught secularism for eight hours a day – as well as having it thrown in their face on the internet and television – even parents strong in faith and direction may not be able to redirect all that their children hear and see in a day.
But we must do something to counteract this intellectual invasion!
If it means that we must pull our children out of school and teach them a God-centered curriculum at home, then we do it!
If it means we put them in a private school where we are certain the values we treasure are taught, then we do it!
And if we must keep them in public school, then we show them a strength at home that is unsurpassed by anything else in their lives.
We must be discerning about their visual and audio intake from television and other media devices, and we must spend all the time we can showing them how important God, His Word, and His Ways are.
We must have God-centered conversations with our children – and let them know they are important enough to be a part of those conversations.
Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Our children should be the most important focus in our lives, under God. God has given us our children as special responsibilities. We are to raise them in a way that has them fearing God and loving God so they can teach future generations the same.
Through our children, we can create a better world. A faith-filled world. A God-filled world.
But only if we tend to them and pay attention to them. If we ignore what they are seeing, hearing, and being taught, especially in their formative years of life, we are going to lose.
If we can’t find the willingness to change this brainwashing of our children quickly, then we may have lost already.
The importance of our children cannot be lost on us. We may be the last defense in the moral fight for their minds and hearts, and more importantly, in the fight to keep the Word of God alive in this dark world.
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