Government Schools, Parents & Kids: How Will We Answer the Lord, and What Will He Say?


By Eugene Clingman 

How will we answer the Lord, and what will he say?
About 85% of children from Christian homes attend government schools. In so-called public schools Christian children (all children) are continually taught (implicitly or explicitly) that there is no Creator God, or that if there is a Creator out there somewhere, it is not worth the time or energy to learn anything about Him. The records show that more than 80% of Christian children who attend the government school system come out of that system thinking like humanists, essentially paganized, and by adulthood are no longer professing Christians.

I will ask a very basic question. What worldview are Christian parents required by God to raise their children in? This is not a moralistic question springing from my own prejudice. The question is asked in light of Deuteronomy 6:1-9 (read and carefully consider this passage). This passage is crystal clear that God requires the children of believers to be immersed in the thought patterns of the faith, day and night. On the contrary, 85% of Christian parents daily place their children under an ungodly system to be propagandized (30 hours a week) with the fairytale of the humanistic evolutionary worldview. That worldview says the universe and everything in it formed by accident through random processes during whatever billion number of years they currently claim it took (this number changes periodically)! This fairytale, humanistic, naturalistic worldview is taught not only in the science classroom, it is implicit in nearly all the curricula. Consider the following possible conversation between God and a Christian parent.

Click here for another article by Eugene Clingman on this subject Concerning the Education of Christian Children: Government Schools are Succeeding! But are We?

God: “Did you bring your children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord?”

With a feeling of accomplishment that parent might answer,

Parent: “Yes Lord, they went to Sunday school and attended church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night, a total of 6 hours a week!” I imagine the conversation might continue something like this –

God: “How much time were they taught by the pagan (those who “refused to receive Christianity”; Webster 1828), unbelieving government school system?”

Parent: “Well Lord, Monday through Friday it was 6 or 7 hours each day. And sometimes on Saturday they attended special government school events, games, or activities. Let’s see, that is a total of not less than 30 hours a week.”

God: “But I asked you to train your children “diligently” in Christian living and worldview from the time you get up in the morning until the time you go to bed, when you sit in your house, and when you travel (Deuteronomy 6; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Proverbs 13:20; 1 Corinthians 15:33). By the way, when your children traveled on the school bus, were they shown a godly example and were they learning the Christian worldview or were they learning the ways of the pagans? You do remember that I told you not to learn the ways of the unbelievers don’t you? (Deut. 18:9; Jer. 10:2) From morning to sunset, your children are to be taught to love God with all their hearts. They should be instructed in Christian truth and true knowledge of the universe I created (science, history, the arts, socialization, even mathematics; 2 Tim. 3:15). They can only learn true knowledge if I and my Son Jesus Christ are at the center of that knowledge (Col. 2:3; Heb. 1:3). You do realize that science is not real science unless I, the Creator of all things, am placed at the center and as the foundation, don’t you? You do realize that history is not real history unless it is studied with this principle in mind – I, God, am sovereign over history; nations rise and fall based on how they respond to me, and my Son Jesus Christ (Psalm 2). Unless history is taught within the context of the fact that I have an overall plan for history, and that not even a bird falls to the ground apart from me, it is not true history, but only many facts disjointed from reality (Matthew 10:29). Were your children taught history with me, the Lord over history in the very forefront of the instruction they received? And socialization, I hear there is a lot of concern about socialization these days – were they taught how to conduct themselves as Christians during those 30 hours a week? Were they being taught and also given living examples of how to live in purity? (1 Tim. 4:12) Or were they taught the pluralistic view that purity is ok but is only one of many possible options? Did your children become well informed about the ways of the unbelievers or were they “babes” when it comes to evil? (1 Cor. 14:20) Yes, socialization is important to my Kingdom. Were the boys and young men taught and admonished to look with purity upon the girls and young ladies, to treat them respectively as sisters? (I Tim. 5:2) Were the girls encouraged to dress in a modest manner so as not to encourage lust in the young men? You know young men naturally struggle with such challenges and don’t need any help from scantily dressed girls. Yes, socialization is important. Were they socialized in godliness, or did they learn to pattern themselves after the pagans (those who “refused to receive Christianity”)?

 Parent: “Yes, Lord, our kids do look and act a bit like the average public school kid. We knew there might be some risks, but we remembered your Great Commission, and wanted our kids to witness to their friends!”

God: “Did I give the Great Commission to children? Don’t you realize there is a great battle going on in the world?”

 Parent: “Yes Lord, we sent our little soldiers out to the battle every weekday. After all, you don’t want us to keep them sheltered do you?”

God: “I wanted your children to go to war, but I wanted them to be trained and matured for warfare first. Let’s think together a moment. Would you place guns in the hands of your grade school sons and daughters and send them to the front lines in a war against grown men? I know you would not. But isn’t that what you have done with my children whom you sent into the pagan (those who “refused to receive Christianity”) government school? Isn’t it apparent that the government schools are a major weapon in the war against me and my kingdom? You sent them right into the enemy’s training camp, and statistically the larger percentage of Christian kids who go to the government school training camps end up denying their Christian faith. You would not send children to the front lines in a war, but you sent them into the middle of a more crucial war. In this war, the enemy has your child in the sights of his gun. Let’s think further, is a child able to stand against adult teachers with the experience of years, the training of college, accumulated knowledge, and a place of credibility and authority that often rivals or exceeds the parent’s in the eyes of the child? Does a child have the ability to discern when a false premise is made and false conclusions drawn? Does the child have the ability to counter philosophic arguments that rule me, God, out of my universe (history, science, etc.)? Teachers of my children whom you have on loan from me, should train my children to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ, my Son (2 Corinthians 10:5). I want your children to be trained so they eventually can counter false ideas. But if most of what is in their heads denies or ignores me, they are not being trained for me and my Kingdom, but for their enemy and mine!”

Parent: “But Lord, our school was different! We had nine Christian teachers, and our principle was Christian too!”

God: “And did those 9 Christian teachers and the Christian principle place Christ at the center of all they taught? Or did their teaching suggest that my Christ and his kingdom are one of many possibilities? Did they essentially follow the government imposed curriculum that either ignores my existence or actively denies me? I know that in America teachers are required by law, and by the contract they sign, not to teach about me, my Christ, and my kingdom. Did they obey those laws and fulfill the covenant contract they signed?”


Parent: “But Lord, I had to work and so I needed the Federal babysitter, or I mean government school! I had no options!”

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