Monday, June 29, 2009

Leigh's Thesis: Chapter 2 (7)


What should be taught?

Education should equip a community to pursue truth. In John 14:6, Jesus says He is the truth. Isaiah 29:14 and 1 Corinthians 1:19 (NIV) explain the futility of education when Jesus is not taught as truth: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

As for children, Jesus says, “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me” (Matt 18:5, NIV). But how does He respond when we send our children to a situation that unnecessarily tempts His littlest ones to sin?

“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matt 18:6, NIV). We need to carefully choose whom we entrust our children to for the better part of their childhood years.

Jesus quoted Isaiah when chastising the Pharisees: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men” (Matt 15:8, NIV). Modern church leaders should take care that they don’t encourage Christians to place children in schools where teachings are “but rules taught by men.”

Hebrews 4:12 (NASB) says, “The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Throughout American history, Christians have engaged in the battle to keep God’s word central to education and to the home.

Robert Lewis Dabney, a preacher, statesmen, and General Jackson’s chief of staff, was a staunch defender of Christian precepts during the time of Dewey, Freud, Marx, and Darwin. Even though he lived in the southern United States, he saw the direction of the European enlightenment and its effects on the world 50 years before C.S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Dorothy Sayers began issuing their words of warning.

He makes some amazing statements about the connection between the Old Testament and the New in light of the modern attacks on the family and its role he witnessed.

Dabney asked if a scientist can give the “genesis of earth and man without indicating whether Moses or Huxley was his prophet?” Our thoughts come from somewhere. We can think like other men, or we can try to capture our thoughts unto Christ. Jesus declared that we are either for Him or against Him. We might as well tie a stone around our neck and drown ourselves if we tell our little ones anything else.

These are hard words from modern Christians for modern Christians.

(1) Robert L. Dabney, Secularised Education, 6, (accessed 12 January 2009).

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