Tthere is a great divide in the field of education, between the laity, the materialists and the atheists of the traditional Christian faith. Our nation’s factual history reveals that the Founding Fathers not only considered knowledge of religion, but the practice of religion, an essential prerequisite for qualifying for high government office. Some were Christian ministers, or at least sincere Christians, who found it appropriate and prudent to adopt the principles of the Christian faith in political decisions. George Washington, for example, testified to his faith in these words. âIt is impossible to rule the world properly without God and the Bible. This is why it is astonishing to hear some modern day lawmakers shamelessly reveal the fact that they have little knowledge of history or religion and show no interest in acquiring it. It reminds us of the old adage, “Those who ignore the lessons of history are destined to repeat its great mistakes.”
Our ancestors believed that passion for our flag and love for our nation was a virtue, not a vice. They also believed that God possessed the world by virtue of creation, and He had seen fit to grant the portion of land now called “America” ââto those who had so long yearned for political and religious freedom. They were indescribably grateful for the basic and simple freedoms that are now often taken for granted and, ironically, some believe they should even be canceled. In addition, no one graduated from the first educational institutions who could neither read nor write, unlike the depressing illiteracy that we find today, even among some college graduates.
The Bible recorded the bold words of Solomon, the iconic former king of Israel known for his remarkable skills in literature and wisdom. He wrote in Prov 12: 1 “He who loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is foolish.” Notice that Solomon uses the word âinstructionâ. Education is “instruction” and not “indoctrination” or simply imparting information.
One of the reasons I believe education is an institution established by God is because of the great importance the Bible places on it in both the Old and New Testaments. For example, verses like Prov 1: 7. âThe fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. We have seen a trendy disinterest in the verifiable facts of society in favor of myriads of fanciful theories based on petty motives and selfish personal interests. It seems to me that if one has no knowledge or appreciation of the influence of the world’s greatest religion or the founding principles of the world’s greatest nation, they are the last person in the world qualified for a role in its direction.
The last words of Christ the chief rabbi and teacher to his disciples were: “Go therefore, make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I ordered you; and behold, I am with you always, even until the end of time. (Matthew 28: 19-20)
Pastor Gene Holman of the Living Word Fellowship in Gardnerville is a member of the Carson Valley Ministers’ Association