We are living in a crazy, mixed up world. It appears that anything goes in today’s society regardless of how debased and/or immoral it might be. It is frightening to think what our children and grandchildren will face when they go out into the adult world. I often wonder how we got into this condition and how do we change things.
When reading the writings of the prophet, Jeremiah, I started seeing the cause behind today’s anti-Christian culture. Jeremiah recorded the following:
For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:13 NASB
As I read these verses, I saw that Christians over the past several decades have committed these same two evils. Today we have done these evil things when it comes to how we have educated our children. We have forsaken God, the fountain of true wisdom and understanding, by providing the vast majority of our children with a secular education. We have tried to educate them on our own, apart from any acknowledgement of His existence.
In Jeremiah, God went on to say:
But now what are you doing on the road to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria, to drink the waters of the Euphrates? Jeremiah 2:18 NASB
Instead of going to God who was the fountain of living waters, the nation of Israel was going to the world’s rivers and drinking from them. God asked them what they thought they would gain by doing such an evil. In the mid 1800s education was removed from the home and church and became a function of the state. Since that time, Christians have sent their children to the world to drink of the world’s wisdom and understanding instead of having them drink from the fountain of truth that comes from God alone.
Secular education only provides its students with worldly knowledge and wisdom. God is considered irrelevant to anything being studied. However, in reality this form of education actually denies God’s existence. Instead of our children being conformed to the image of God, they have been conformed into the image of the world or today’s cultural norms.
As secular education became more and more entrenched in the country, certain results have taken place. Religion became privatized while society became secularized. What the church believed was okay for people to practice on Sunday and Wednesday but there was no place for these beliefs in the public square. The role of the church was relegated to merely trying to counteract the disastrous results of our children receiving a secular education.
Another prophet, Isaiah, also saw what would happen if the world became one’s source for knowledge and wisdom. He wrote:
You felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘no one sees me,’ your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you; for you have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ Isaiah 47:10 NASB
Secular education does precisely what Isaiah said was happening to Israel. Man becomes central and autonomous. By default, an education that ignores God’s existence is saying that the student is and there is no one besides him/her. When man is left to himself to make sense out of life and determine what is right and wrong, anything goes as long as it is what the individual wants for himself.
God warned His people what would happen if they continued to seek out the world’s waters rather than the living water that He wanted to give them.
Your own wickedness will correct you, and your apostasies will reprove you; know therefore and see that is is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God, and the dread (fear) of Me is not in you,” Jeremiah 2:19 NASB
Whenever God’s people wanted something more than God or in place of God, He always gave them what they wanted. However, it always became their discipline and correction. For example, when they weren’t satisfied with God’s provision of manna and demanded meat, He gave it to them. However, many of them died with the meat still in their mouths. When they demanded a king so that they could be like the rest of the world, He gave them a king and the results were grievous as many of the kings led them to worship false gods and eventually led them into captivity.
This is exactly what has happened as Christians have desired to have their children educated by the world rather than receive a biblically based education. Since all education is aimed at shaping the worldview of its students, generation after generation of young people have developed a secular worldview. As adults, they have embraced secularism and chased after the false gods of materialism, prosperity and dependence on the government to supply their needs and wants.
We now are trying to survive in today’s anti-Christian culture. We have seen the family attacked and destroyed. Marriage has been redefined by denying how God ordained it to be. We have even come to the point where we don’t know who should use what restrooms and locker rooms. We are tasting the evil and bitterness that comes when we know longer fear the Lord (remember that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom).
What is solution to this dilemma? I believe God’s Word gives us the answer to this question. First, we must account for our own sheep. In Jeremiah 13:20 God asks the shepherds/teachers/leaders an important question.
Where is the flock that has been entrusted to you?
Every parent, teacher, church leader has been given a part of God’s flock to feed and lead. Where are we leading our children or students? Where are we taking them to find knowledge and wisdom? Are we sending them to world’s rivers of knowledge or are we leading them to the fountain of living waters? Have we ignored the truth of Colossians 2:3 that states that in [Christ] are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge?
Once we account for where our flock is, we must make whatever changes necessary to lead and feed our children at the fountain of living waters. We need to get back to following God’s principles on how He expects us to educate our children (for more information on this read Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Educating Future Generations). If we don’t stop what we are doing and get back to following God’s instructions, we will continue seeing our children taken captive by the false philosophies of this world. Continuing to give our children a secular education will continue to be our own reproof and correction. What will it take for us to say enough is enough?